President Donald Trump on Friday signed a sweeping $1.3 trillion stopgap spending bill to fund the U.S. government until the end of September.
Here are are a few of the provisions within the bill that impact Alabama:
Redstone Arsenal: This bill contains funding for critical research and development activities that are being conducted by the Army Space and Missile Defense Command that will enable the U.S. Army to deter and prepare for conflicts of the future, including investments to advance our cybersecurity, directed energy technology and capabilities in space.
The measure funds continued development of a new rocket propulsion system to modernize our national security space launch – Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV), which is $100 million above the President’s budget request.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): The bill includes $20.7 billion for NASA, which is $1.1 billion above the FY2017 enacted level and $1.6 billion above the budget request, to support the human and robotic exploration of space, fund science missions that enhance the understanding of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe, and support fundamental aeronautics research.
Huntsville Federal Courthouse: The measure includes $110 million to fund a new Federal Courthouse in Huntsville.
National Institute of Health (NIH): The legislation provides the National Institutes of Health (NIH) $37.1 billion in funding, which is a $3 billion increase over last year’s levels.
Anniston Army Depot: The measure provides funding for Army ground vehicles such as:
- Improved Recovery Vehicle (19 M88A2 Hercules), $86 million above the President’s budget request
- Abrams Upgrade Program, $375 million above the President’s budget request
- Stryker Lethality, $300 million above the President’s budget request
- Survivability Double V-hull upgrades, $348 million above the President’s budget request
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG): The bill includes a total of $26 million for a new USCG HC-27J aircraft training simulator in Mobile.
Shipbuilding: This legislation provides important shipbuilding funding to grow our Navy, including funding for 3 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and one Expeditionary Fast Transport ship (EPF), produced in Mobile. Additionally, the measure includes incremental funding for one LXR amphibious warship constructed in the nearby Huntington Ingalls Shipyard.
Red Snapper: The bill includes increased funding to protect and sustain our nation’s fisheries. The funding will support more accurate and agency-independent data and language allowing NOAA to experiment with alternative management regimes. Provisions in the bill will help expand opportunities for American commercial and recreational fishermen.
Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs): Increases federal funding for our HBCUs by 14 percent, including $10 million for certain private HBCUs, like Stillman College.