Dec 21 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES DEFENSE FUNDING FOR ANNISTON

Senate Approves Defense Appropriations Bill Conference Report

WASHINGTON, DC -- U. S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced U.S. Senate approval of important funding for Anniston included in the amended version of Department of Defense Appropriations bill conference report for fiscal year 2006. The Senate amended the conference report to remove provisions relating to oil exploration in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The amended legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 93 - 0. The legislation must now return to the House of Representatives for a vote. Upon passage, the legislation will be sent to the President’s desk for his signature.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that the bill includes funding for these important Anniston area defense-related programs. They are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness, and today's approval demonstrates our commitment to national security. In total, this bill provides $453.28 billion for new defense-related needs, including $50 billion for contingency operations related to the Global War on Terror.”

M1 ABRAMS TANK

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill includes a total of $190.775 million for M1 Abrams Tank upgrades. The M1 Abrams Tank has been and continues to be the most lethal ground combat system in existence anywhere. It is the backbone of our heavy forces and has been at the core of the work done at the Anniston Army Depot for many years.”

HYDRA 70 ROCKETS

Senator Shelby said, “This bill includes $156.879 million for Hydra 70 Rockets. This weapon gives Army aviators a critical strike capability and is produced in the Anniston area.”

STRYKER

Senator Shelby said, “This bill includes $881.249 million for procurement of 240 Stryker vehicles as well as the replacement of Strykers lost in combat. Anniston Army Depot plays a significant role in this program, and Stryker production in Anniston continues to gain momentum. This program is a critical part of the Army's transformation effort, and I am pleased that Anniston is helping to lead the Army into the future.”

MISSILE RECYCLING CAPABILITY - ANNISTON MUNITIONS CENTER

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that our bill includes $1.8 million for Missile Recycling Capability at the Anniston Munitions Center.”

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