Nov 01 2007

Shelby Announces Funding for Alabama

Conference Committee Approves Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, today announced Conference Committee approval of important funding for a University of Alabama project included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill.  The bill is included in the Conference Report on the Labor, Health and Human Services Bill and will soon be voted on in the House of Representatives.  The Senate will consider the bill following approval by the House of Representatives.  It will then be sent to the President for his consideration.
                                                              
University of Alabama Health Services Facility – $9.32 million

The University will construct a 70,000 square foot interdisciplinary health services building that will house a variety of health care disciplines to educate entry-level professionals who will provide medical services in rural Alabama.

“These educators will be housed in proximity to one another, enabling them to share research and ideas on the important task of bringing quality health care to our citizens living in rural areas,” said Shelby.  “Many of Alabama’s children and elderly live in our rural communities and need local access to well-trained medical services.  Particularly in the event of an emergency, it is important that health care is local and expedient.”