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Sen. Shelby touts appropriations bill as ‘vital step’ for Alabama funding

Senator Richard Shelby questions Secretary of Defense Ash Carter during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on the DoD fiscal year 2017 budget request at The Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., Apr. 27, 2016. Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby is pushing for an appropriations bill that passed his committee on Wednesday.

The bill, called the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Appropriations Act, totals $62.9 billion that would go to the DOJ, NASA, and the other various organizations.

Shelby, through his press office, said the passage was a “bipartisan effort” and meet the expectations of various government officials.

“Passage of the measure is a vital step forward in providing critical funding for core programs that impact Alabama, as well as the entire nation,” Shelby said. “I look forward to consideration of this bill before the full Senate.”

According to him, the bill would provide for law enforcement grants, space exploration, scientific research, economic development, and weather forecasting.

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