Jul 19 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR NORTH ALABAMA

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a senior member of the Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced funding for several projects included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, HUD Appropriations Bill. This bill was approved at the Subcommittee level today and now heads to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that the bill provides funding for important projects across the state. These funds reflect our commitment to safe and efficient transportation, infrastructure development, and economic growth activities.”

Huntsville International Airport - $2,216,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill includes over $2.2 million for the Huntsville International Airport to replace their air traffic control facilities. In addition, the bill directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator to give priority consideration to the Huntsville International Airport for a new taxiway.”

New Centurion's New Life for Women shelter - $400,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased these funds are included in the bill for New Centurion’s New Life for Women shelter in Etowah County. These funds will be used to upgrade facilities and expand programs for women with drug and alcohol problems, including the addition of a work program for rehabilitation.”

Alabama Area Agencies on Aging - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill includes $500,000 for van replacement for the Alabama Area Agencies on Aging. These critical resources allow this agency to continue providing much needed transportation options for Alabama’s senior citizens.”

Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind - $400,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) to construct a new Regional Center in Tuscaloosa. AIDB, founded in 1858, is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind and multi-disabled and their families. Last year, AIDB served over 11,000 people in their other regional centers in Alabama.”

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