Shelby, Jones vote for funding package

Published 5:05 pm Friday, February 15, 2019

Both U.S. Senator Richard Shelby R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Sen. Doug Jones D-Alabama Thursday voted to approve a comprehensive funding package that includes the seven remaining Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bills.

“Passage of this funding legislation is outstanding news for the people of our state and nation,” Shelby said in a statement. “I am pleased that we were able to negotiate in a bipartisan, bicameral manner to meet each other half way, finishing out the year’s appropriations process to better secure America.  The bill contains critical funding for border security and many essential priorities throughout the country.”

The appropriations package includes FY2019 funding bills for agriculture, rural development, food and drug administration,commerce, justice, science, financial services, homeland security, interior, environment, foreign operations, transportation, and housing and urban development.

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Each of these appropriations bills were passed by a strong majority of committee members when reported out of the Appropriations Committee earlier this year.

Following passage in the Senate and the House, the bill will be sent to the president’s desk for his signature.