Congressman Cole Announces Funds in Spending Bills for Oklahoma
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Cole voted today in favor of a combination of spending bills that will fund America's priorities for 2005 while also funding key projects in Oklahoma. The conference report on H.R. 4818, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY2005 that passed in the House today provides over $42 million for projects in Oklahoma's Fourth Congressional District.
The final spending package fully complies with the spending targets agreed to by the Congress and the Administration, by freezing non-defense discretionary spending.
"This is a responsible plan that funds America's priorities such as veterans health care, education and the improvement of our roads and highways. I am also very pleased that Congress designated so much funding for key Oklahoma projects," Congressman Tom Cole said.
H.R. 4818 will provide $6 million for phased array radar research that includes $2 million for the National Weather Radar Testbed located in Norman. Congressman Cole was able to add the $2 million 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."
The spending bill contains funds for the following projects:
- Ardmore Municipal Airport runway reconstruction, $1,108,113
- Lawton buses and bus facilities, $207,000
- Midwest City Hudiburg Drive Improvements, $1,375,000
- Norman Airport reconstruction of main hanger and apron areas, $1 million
- Norman buses and bus facilities, $3,000,000
- Norman included in Oklahoma City urbanized area for FY04 and FY05
- Norman railroad grade separation improvements, $1 million
- Oklahoma statewide Job Access and Reverse Commute grants, $8 million
- Oklahoma statewide transit program, $5.5 million
- Oklahoma Transportation Center, $3.5 million
- Interchange on I-35 at Thackerville, $1 million
- Madill INTEGRIS Marshall Memorial Hospital for facilities and equipment, $375,00
- Moore USA Stars Cultural Exchange and Diversity Program: Alcohol and Obesity Education through Sports--Judo, $125,000
- Washita River Basin general investigation of future needs by the Army Corps of Engineers, $132,000
- Lawton wastewater infrastructure rehabilitation project, $600,000
- Waurika Lake operations and maintenance, $946,000
- Denison Dam on Lake Texoma operations and maintenance, $7,715,000
- Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer study, $440,000
- A Child is Missing, a one of a kind program to help Oklahoma law enforcement locate missing persons, $100,000
- Moore, Buck Thomas Park expansion, $150,000
- Marlow water and wastewater infrastructure improvements, $100,000
- Sulpur, wastewater infrastructure improvements, $200,000
Funding will be available for the following projects through grants whose actual dollar amount will be determined by a federal agency:
- Blight removal in Wilson (Carter County)
- Sewer line improvements in Chattanooga (Comanche County)
- Painting of the water tower in Sterling (Comanche County)
- Restoration of the community building in Cache (Comanche County)
- Construction of new water tower for industrial park in Elgin (Comanche County)
- Ada, Chickasha and Duncan Airports (funds will be provided through discretionary grants)
Congressman Cole obtained a waiver to allow Cache and Elgin to receive grants and loans through the Rural Community Advancement Program. Recent Census Data had unexpectedly caused both communities to lose this eligibility.