Alexander Supports Major Education, Health Funding Bill

Announces Inclusion of Tennessee Labor, HHS and Education Projects

Posted on June 22, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and includes funding for important projects in Tennessee. "This legislation provides a needed boost to education, health, and job training programs across the state, including our public schools," Alexander said. "Because of this legislation, Tennesseans will benefit from better hospitals, better schools, better healthcare research, and more job opportunities.” The bill funds the government’s major health and education programs, including federal funding for k-12 education programs. Among other provisions, the legislation provides more than $13.9 billion for Title I grants to local school districts, an increase of more than $1 billion over last year’s level, and $500 million for school improvement grants, an increase of $375 million over last year’s level. Alexander is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The legislation must now be considered and approved by the full United States Senate. Tennessee funding in the bill includes: West Tennessee $500,000 for LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center to provide equipment and support for the new hospital. $500,000 for the Memphis Bioworks Foundation to support economic development efforts and promote investment in the bioscience industry throughout the Mid-South region. $250,000 for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to support the new Regional Bio-containment Laboratory. $250,000 for the KIPP Foundation to support the KIPP DIAMOND Academy in Memphis and KIPP Academy Nashville. $250,000 for the City of Memphis’ Second Chance Ready4Work Ex-Felon Program, which is a partnership between the City of Memphis, the U.S. Department of Labor, and several local organizations helps ex-felons transition back into society Middle Tennessee $500,000 for Middle Tennessee State University for a comprehensive math and science teacher training program. $250,000 for Tennessee State University to support biomedical research programs. $250,000 for the James K. Polk Association for exhibit preparation at Polk Presidential Hall. Funding will be used to conserve its extensive collection of original artifacts of President Polk. East Tennessee $150,000 for Hamilton County Government’s Workforce Initiative, a community partnership with Chattanooga State. $100,000 for the Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center for capacity expansion. Crumly House is a non-profit organization that provides rehabilitation, vocational training, community re-entry and social activities for survivors of traumatic brain injuries. # # #