U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R Ala.), a senior member of Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced Senate approval of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009. This legislation provides $25 million for the construction of a new federal building in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Congress has already appropriated $42 million for the construction of the new building. The additional $25 million will allow the General Services Administration to complete this project. Following today’s action by the Senate, the legislation will now go to the President for his signature.
"The new Tuscaloosa Federal Building will bring critical security enhancements for a facility that will house the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Courthouse space, the Social Security Administration and Congressional offices,” said Shelby. “The current building is outdated and lacks the necessary security features to protect key federal offices and employees.”