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Sewell says that she secured $13.1 Million in direct funding for local projects in the spending bill

On Wednesday Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL07) announced that she secured $13.1 million for thirteen community projects in Alabama's Seventh Congressional District in the Fiscal Year 2024 government funding package that she voted for and helped pass. Sewell said that the projects respond directly to some of the most pressing needs in Alabama's Seventh District.

"Since day one, it has been my mission to bring more resources and better opportunities to the people of Alabama's 7th Congressional District, and with this year's government funding package, that is exactly what we are doing!" said Rep. Sewell in a statement. "This $13.1 million is the culmination of months of hard work, and we are thrilled that this funding is now on its way to our community. From healthcare to public safety to infrastructure, these projects respond directly to some of the most pressing needs of our district and will help reverse decades of disinvestment."

Rep. Sewell listed thirteen projects in the Seventh District that she said that she championed funding for.

These projects include:

In Jefferson County, $1,000,000 to the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District to renovate the former Loveman Village Public Housing Community and expand its daycare facility to accommodate more children.

In Jefferson County, $1,000,000 for the City of Homewood to improve water drainage by installing a stormwater culvert.

Also in Jefferson County, $850,000 for Miles College to make security upgrades and improve public safety resources on-campus and in the surrounding community.

In Jefferson County, $500,000 for infrastructure improvements at the Bessemer Airport including construction of a drone cage and testing facility to provide pilot training, product research and development, competitive activities, and recreation for the local community including underserved students.

In Montgomery County, $500,000 to revitalize and connect communities in the City of Montgomery.

In Dallas County, $1,666,279 to the City of Selma for infrastructure revitalization projects within a 12-block area of downtown Selma.

In Tuscaloosa County, $850,000 for the West Alabama Food Bank to increase distribution capabilities in Alabama's western most counties and provide fresh food to seniors and children.

In Hale County, $1,000,000 for the Hale County Healthcare Authority for improvements to the Hale County Hospital to expand its capacity to provide exceptional health care to rural and underserved communities in the Black Belt.

In Marengo County, $2,700,000 for a new FEMA storm shelter in Demopolis.

In Sumter County, $500,000 for the Black Belt Development and Conservation Resource Center in Livingston to spur rural innovation and entrepreneurship.

In Pickens County, $637,195 for Pickens County to construct a new 911 emergency communications facility.

In Choctaw County, $1,000,000 toward a facility in the Town of Pennington that can serve as a community center, disaster recovery, emergency response, and resources center.

In Wilcox County, $959,752 for Wilcox County to install water lines and ensure a safe and reliable source of potable water.

After the House passed the bipartisan package, the Senate stayed up into the early morning hours on Saturday a week ago. President Joseph R. Biden (D) signed the second and final Fiscal Year 2024 government funding package on Saturday morning to avoid a government shutdown.

Sewell and U.S. Senator Katie Britt (R-Alabama) were the only two members of the Alabama Congressional delegation to vote for the spending package. Sen. Tuberville and all six Republican members of the Alabama congressional delegations were no votes, citing the lack of any meaningful effort to address the border crisis and the $1.8+ trillion that the two spending bills will add to the U.S. budget deficit.

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