Jul 25 2001

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR MOBILE COURTHOUSE

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced $11.29 million in funding for the construction of Mobile's Courthouse Annex. The funding was included in the Senate Treasury and General Government Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2002, which is expected to be passed by the Appropriations Committee on Thursday, July 26. Included in the bill is approval of funding, secured by Sen. Shelby, for several other programs and projects to benefit Alabama.

Sen. Shelby said, "These funds will allow Mobile to proceed with plans for the courthouse annex, including expenses for the construction and ongoing design of the annex."

Also included in the bill were funds for several other Alabama and national projects. The bill includes $4 million for repairs and alterations to the Montgomery Federal Building and Courthouse; $500,000 for the ongoing efforts of the Gulf Coast High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) to combat drug trafficking in Alabama; and $2.544 million to fully fund the Exploited Child Unit of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.