Tennessee Statewide and Energy Projects in Federal Spending Bill

Posted on December 18, 2007

The Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Conference Report that passed the Senate tonight provides funding for the following Statewide and Department of Energy Projects: For Tennessee statewide, the omnibus bill includes: $15.5 million for the Heritage Partnership Program which is an increase of $5 million above the Administration’s request. The Heritage Partnership Program funds heritage areas such as the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, which is a statewide partnership between the National Park Service and Middle Tennessee State University. It is the only statewide National Heritage Area, as well as the only National Heritage Area administered by a public university in the nation. $4.45 million for statewide bus transportation facilities. Funds will be used to support operations, facility improvements, and capital investments of mass transit and local public transportation services across the state. $752,000 for the Tennessee Statewide Methamphetamine Task Force to continue providing comprehensive training and integrated equipment, which will allow officers to more effectively report lab seizures, quarantine contaminated sites, and track and target serious and repeat offenders. $784,000 for the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Tennessee State University in Nashville to support horticulture research at the joint Appalachian Horticulture Research unit of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Research at the Appalachian Horticulture Research unit will help to develop resistant genes in dogwoods and other woody ornamentals and techniques to enable the rapid deployment of new cultivars for the marketplace. The omnibus bill also includes more than $197 million in significant funding for the state’s important Department of Energy facilities including: $84.7 million which is a $7.7 million increase above the President’s budget request for the Center for Computational Sciences. Funds will be used to acquire additional hardware to support the Leadership Class Computational Facility. $76.2 million for the Highly Enriched Uranium Facility and the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex to improve storage of our nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. $22.2 million for the upgrades to the portable water systems at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex consistent with the facilities upgrades across the facility $14.8 million for the steam plant upgrades at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex