RAHALL REPORT: Rahall Efforts Bring Federal Funding to Southern W.Va.
From the Desk of U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV)
Representing West Virginia's 3rd District
Beckley (HNN) -- U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), dismayed that a transportation/jobs bill that would bring billions of dollars to West Virginia wasn't completed in this session of Congress, was able to secure funding for numerous projects in Southern West Virginia and is pleased that the Appalachian Regional Commission avoided drastic funding cuts.
"Though I am extremely disappointed the Republican-run Congress refused to move on a Transportation/Jobs bill that West Virginians have been demanding, I worked to bring funding to the Appalachian Regional Commission and some significant projects here in Southern West Virginia," he said Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a comprehensive $388 billion spending bill that will fund most federal government agencies, and provide appropriations for projects across the country. The bill included $66 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission, an agency vital to economic and infrastructure development in West Virginia. Other federal funding Congressman Rahall worked to obtain for Southern West Virginia include the following:
- $3 million for flooding control measures on the Greenbrier Basin.
- $1 million for St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, for construction and upgrade of facilities and for relevant equipment.
- $1 million for the Nick J. Rahall, II, Transportation Institute (RTI) at Marshall University to fund a demonstration project tracking highway movement of hazardous materials.
- $970,000 to the 4-C Economic Development Corporation in Oak Hill, West Virginia for facilities construction.
- $750,000 to the West Virginia Division of Highways to fund design and road construction connecting the Higher Education Center in Beckley to I-64.
- $657,000 to the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation in Lewisburg, West Virginia for facilities construction and build out.
- $500,000 for the Southern WV Environmental Infrastructure program, which authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide local communities with assistance for wastewater treatment and water supply facilities, surface water protection, and environmental restoration in order to improve health and safety for West Virginians.
- $150,000 for Marshall University, Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences for Environmental Management Incubator.
- $125,000 for Lower Mud River to prevent flooding in the city of Milton by widening and straightening the flood channel of the Lower Mud River.
- $97,000 to Forward Southern West Virginia in Beckley, West Virginia for land acquisition, planning, design, and construction of a Mountain Music Hall of Fame.
- $59,000 for the Island Creek flood protection projects.