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Alaska Gains Millions for Vital Projects in Budget Bill Approved by Senate

Includes NOAA, Military Construction, Transportation

From millions of dollars worth of improvements to Alaska fisheries management to expansion of military facilities to support Alaska-based servicemen and women, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today supported final passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The $446.8 billion bill passed the Senate today by a vote of 57 - 35 and now goes to the President's desk for final approval.

"I was pleased to work closely with other senators to explain Alaska's diverse needs and glad they supported the millions of dollars worth of essential Alaska projects and initiatives contained in this bill," Begich said.

The omnibus includes funds for the following provisions and projects that will benefit Alaska:

The Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill:

·         Alaska Data Buoys: $1.683 million
·         Bering Sea Crab Management and Research: $300,000
·         Drug and Alcohol Interdiction, Rural Law Enforcement: $900,000
·         Extended Continental Shelf Mapping: $300,000
·         Magnuson-Stevens Marine Education Training: $1 million
·         Marine Mammal Research: $500,000
·         Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund: $80 million
·         Seal and Steller Sea Lions Biological Research: $300,000
·         Sexual Assault Response Team Center: $400,000
·         Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association: $100,000
·         Yukon River Salmon Agreement Studies: $500,000

Financial Service and General Government Appropriations Bill:

·         Anchorage, Alaska Manufacturing Extension partnership for the AMBIT Youth Entrepreneurship Curriculum: $200,000
·         Ketchikan, University of Alaska, Small Business Development Center: $350,000

Labor and Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill:

·         Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions: $15 million
·         Alaska Native Education Equity: $33.3 million
·         Denali Commission to Support Health Projects and Economic Development: $10 million
·         Anchorage, Alaska Native Heritage Center: $150,000
·         Anchorage, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for Training Dental Health Care Workers: $2 million
·         Anchorage, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for Facilities and Equipment: $1 million
·         Anchorage, Avant-Garde Learning Foundation for Educational Activities: $500,000
·         Anchorage, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska for a Mentoring Demonstration Project: $100,000
·         Anchorage, City of Anchorage for Facilities and Equipment Relating to Public Health: $125,000
·         Anchorage, Project Access for Health Care Coordination and Supplies: $125,000
·         Anchorage, Providence Health and Human Services: $350,000
·         Anchorage, United Way for the Alaska 2-1-1 referral System: $100,000
·         Bethel, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation for Facilities and Equipment: $1 million
·         Juneau, Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska to Expand Vocational Training Including Distance Learning Technologies: $308,000
·         Ketchikan, City of Ketchikan for Facilities and Equipment: $1 million
·         Kotzebue, Maniilaq Association for Facilities and Equipment: $500,000

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill:

·         Clear Air Force Station, Power Plant Facility: $24.3 million
·         Eielson Air Force Base, Arctic Utilidors Phase 11: $9.9 million
·         Eielson Air Force Base, Taxiway Gold Lighting: $3.45 million
·         Elmendorf Air Force Base, Aeromedical Services/Mental Health Clinic: $25 million
·         Elmendorf Air Force Base, F-22 Weapons Load Training Facility: $12.6 million
·         Elmendorf Air Force Base, Red Flag Alaska Operations Center: $3.1 million
·         Fort Richardson, Airborne Sustainment Training Range Complex: $6.1 million
·         Fort Richardson, Combat Pistol Range: $4.9 million
·         Fort Richardson, Health Clinic: $3.518 million
·         Fort Richardson, Training Aids Center: $2.05 million
·         Fort Richardson, Warrior in Transition Complex: $43 million
·         Fort Wainwright, Aviation Task Force Complex, Phase 1: $95 million
·         Fort Wainwright, Aviation Unit Operations Complex: $19 million
·         Fort Wainwright, Railhead Complex: $26 million
·         Fort Wainwright, Warrior in Transition Complex: $28 million

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill:

·         Alaskan NAS Interfacility Communications System (ANICS): $9 million
·         Denali Commission for Statewide Transportation Program: $2.3 million
·         Anchorage, Abused Women's Aid in Crisis for Infrastructure Improvements at a Center to Serve Victims of Domestic Violence: $200,000
·         Anchorage, Anchorage Community Land Trust for Rehabilitation and Renewal of Key Blighted Property Along Mountain View Drive: $389,600
·         Anchorage, Anchorage People Mover: $750,000
·         Anchorage, Covenant House Alaska for the Relocation of a Crisis Center Facility: $500,000
·         Anchorage, Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project: $487,000
·         Bethel, Tundra Women's Coalition for Replacement of Bethel's Women's Facility: $487,000
·         Fairbanks North Star Borough, Road and Bridge Improvements: $1 million
·         Juneau, MALSR Lighting at Juneau International airport: $1 million
·         Ketchikan, City of Ketchikan for Replacement and rehabilitation of Municipal Bridges and Trestles: $500,000
·         Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Arterial Road and Bridge Improvements: $1 million
·         Naknek, Infrastructure Expansion at the Port of Bristol Bay: $1 million
·         Sitka, Sitka Waterfront Development: $487,000
·         Tazlina, Copper River Native Association for Construction of a Government and Health Services Building: $1 million
·         Wasilla, Airport Apron Expansion: $500,000

Passage of the omnibus leaves one remaining appropriations bill requiring approval for Fiscal Year 2010, the Defense Appropriations Bill. The five bills contained in the omnibus included the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill, the Labor and Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill.

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