Congressman Cole Annouces Funds in Spending Bill for Norman
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole secured $7 million for priority projects in the Norman area in FY05 spending bills that passed in the U.S. House today. The Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY2005, H.R. 4818, will provide funding for the phased array radar and priority transportation projects in the Norman area.
H.R. 4818 will provide $2 million for the phased array radar that is the centerpiece of the National Weather Radar Testbed located in Norman. Congressman Cole was able to add the funds in the Commerce, Justice, State portion of the spending bill. Congressman Cole worked with the leadership of Congressman Istook to add $4 million for phased array research at the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City in the Transportation-Treasury section.
"Phased array radar technology is expected to double the lead-time for tornado and severe weather warnings," Congressman Tom Cole said. "It will enhance our understanding of severe storms, in turn leading to more accurate and timely forecasts. This research will surely lead to the saving of lives by giving people ample time to prepare for deadly storms."
This legislation includes language that will include Norman in the Oklahoma City urbanized area for FY04 and FY05. This will allow Norman to participate in regional planning and transportation initiatives.
The spending bill contains funds for the following projects in Norman:
- Norman Airport reconstruct main hanger and apron areas, $1 million
- Norman buses and bus facilities, $3 million
- Norman railroad grade separation improvements, $1 million
The spending bill passed today in the House will fund America's priorities for 2005 while funding priority projects in Oklahoma. This legislation fully complies with the spending targets agreed to by the Congress and the Administration by freezing non-defense discretionary spending.