Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today announced that communities and projects across Alabama would be receiving increased federal support as part of the Senate’s Omnibus funding bill, which passed early this morning and has been signed into law. The Senator played an active role in securing new funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and expressed support for several defense projects across the state.
Jones calls for increased federal investment to fix crumbling water infrastructure and dilapidated public housing
Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today questioned U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson on his department’s proposed budget cuts that threaten community development projects in rural Alabama. He highlighted the serious impacts these cuts would have for Alabama’s Black Belt, where crumbling water and sewer infrastructure has become a public health crisis.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) today announced that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will receive a 14-percent increase in federal funding in the Senate’s omnibus spending bill, from $244.7 million in FY17 to $279.6 million in FY18. The funding increase follows a request made by Senators Jones and Harris last month in a letter to the leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today announced a federal grant for the Alabama Office of Information Technology totaling $250,000 to expand the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a public safety broadband network dedicated to police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals and other public safety entities. The grant is administered through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA).
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala) today cosponsored the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2017 (S. 1419), introduced by Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The bill will both modernize and restore the protections established in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA).
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today announced he has secured support in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for the Canine Detection Research and Development Act legislation, a bipartisan proposal to establish a new initiative that will set uniform standards for and help address the shortage of trained threat-detection canines in the United States. Senator Jones successfully added the proposal to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Authorization Act, which recently received committee approval in the Senate.