U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) secured critical resources for Kentucky in a government funding bill that passed the Senate today. The legislation contains funding for our nation’s veterans, military construction, and energy and water infrastructure priorities in Kentucky. The House and Senate will now resolve the differences between their bills in a conference committee, which will determine final funding levels.
The following are projects Senator McConnell secured in the Senate Military Construction Appropriations portion of the funding bill:
· $26 million for a Digital Air/Ground Integration Range at Fort Knox
· $32 million for a Vehicle Maintenance Shop at Fort Campbell
· $62.6 million for the Fort Campbell Middle School
· $5.4 million for a Special Operations Forces Logistics Support Operations Facility at Fort Campbell
· $9.1 million for a Special Operations Forces Air/Ground Integration Urban Live Fire Range at Fort Campbell
· $5.1 million for a Special Operations Forces Multi-Use Helicopter Training Facility at Fort Campbell
“This vital funding legislation offers targeted resources to causes that are near and dear to servicemembers and their families, including upgrades to military housing and school systems, and improvements to training facilities,” Senator McConnell said. “In Kentucky, it would mean major improvements to training facilities at both Fort Knox, home of the Army Cadet, Human Resources, and Recruiting Commands, and at Fort Campbell, where units including the 101st Airborne Division and Special Operations forces prepare for evolving missions.”
The following are projects Senator McConnell secured in the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations portion of the funding bill:
· $206 million to support cleanup and deactivation work at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which supports over 1,000 jobs in Western Kentucky.
· $155 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), which supports economic development in Eastern Kentucky. This funding includes $50 million to support communities impacted by the downturn in the coal sector, and $16 million for basic infrastructure improvements to distressed counties in Central Appalachia.
· $35 million to support the completion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Olmsted Locks and Dam project, and funding for other important water infrastructure construction projects—like Kentucky Lock—to help Kentucky’s inland waterways operators move products like agriculture and coal more efficiently to market.
· $727 million for the Fossil Energy Research Program, which includes support for research on clean coal technology as well as for research on rare earth elements.
· $25 million for the Delta Regional Authority, which supports economic and infrastructure development in the Mississippi Delta region, including a number of counties in Western Kentucky.
· Language encouraging USACE to continue to study expanding recreational white water rafting opportunities at the Breaks Interstate Park in Eastern Kentucky.
· Language supporting research into the exploration and development of unconventional oil and gas reservoirs, such as the Rogersville shale, which runs through Eastern Kentucky.
“This legislation will impact communities across the country, including in Kentucky. It allocates critical resources for the safety, security, and readiness of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. It delivers record funding for cutting-edge scientific research. And it directs support for mitigating flood damage, protecting shorelines, and upkeep for America’s inland waterways,” Senator McConnell said.
The legislation passed today now goes to a Conference Committee to finalize the difference between the Senate and House versions of the bill.