Spending Bill Includes Tens of Millions for Twin States

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker say the final version of a federal spending bill includes tens of millions of dollars for Mississippi.

The bill also funds regional or national projects that could affect the state, including $5 million for an assessment of heart disease among minorities in the Delta.

The Senate approved the bill Sunday and sent it to the president.

Mississippi would get money for several transportation projects, including $2.3 million for improvements at Jackson-Evers International Airport.

The bill includes $14.3 million for a new National Guard center in Monticello and $16.1 million for a Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.

The appropriations bill also includes projects for Alabama. Sen. Richard Shelby was one of just three Republicans who voted for the bill Sunday.

His hometown of Tuscaloosa will get two projects: $5 million for downtown revitalization and $2 million for improvements around the new federal building.

The Lanett Municipal Airport will get $5 million for runway construction stemming from the new auto plant in West Point, Ga., and the Alabama Senior Transportation Program will receive $2 million.

Alabama's other senator, Republican Jeff Sessions, voted against the bill.

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