Sep 15 2004

SHELBY COMMENDS COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF FUNDING FOR WEAPONS DESTRUCTION PROGRAM

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY 2005 Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced committee approval of $9 million for the State Department for worldwide weapons destruction. These funds were included in Fiscal Year 2005 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which will now head to the Senate floor for consideration.

Senator Shelby said, “The end of the Cold War left massive stockpiles of conventional weapons in Eastern Europe and other ex-Soviet states. The Republic of Georgia, a staunch ally in the war on terrorism, is responsible for managing and protecting a number of inherited stockpiles.”

“I am pleased the Committee recognizes the importance of this issue and has provided $9 million in the Small Arms/Light Weapons account for destruction of these weapons. I am particularly pleased that the Committee has also recommended that the State Department provide sufficient funding to secure and destroy stockpiles of Soviet-era weaponry in Georgia. I look forward to working with the State Department in the coming months to support the Georgian government’s efforts,” Shelby concluded.