Posted on July 11, 2018
WASHINGTON, July 11, 2018 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander today released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appointed Alexander to serve on the House-Senate “Conference Committee” that funds Tennessee priorities including construction of Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga, funding for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 National Security Complex and supercomputing:
“I look forward to continuing the good work the Senate and House have done so far to restore regular order to the appropriations process and set priorities with budget limits. These are important bills for Tennesseans—I worked hard to include up to $99.5 million in the Senate bill to continue construction of Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga, to continue record funding for supercomputing and for the agency that funds our 17 national laboratories -- including Oak Ridge National Laboratory—and to support weapons programs that are vital to our national security and the important work at Y-12.”
Alexander has made completion of a new Chickamauga Lock one of his top priorities as chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for recommending funding levels for the Army Corps of Engineers. Alexander helped manage Senate passage of this appropriations package, including his subcommittee’s Energy and Water Development appropriations bill.
The House-Senate Conference Committee will resolve differences between the two versions of the fiscal year 2019 funding bills in the coming weeks. The Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill has not had a formal conference with the House of Representatives since 2009.