Before retiring in January, former U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby earmarked $10 million for the University of Alabama (UA) to create a “public service and leadership institute.” Now, UA has decided to name the institute after Shelby.
Over $7 million from the new $1.7 trillion federal spending package is going to four projects in Jefferson County.
Somewhat unnoticed among the estimated $666.4 million in earmarks, as calculated by CQ Roll Call, secured by outgoing U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) was a line item for $10 million for the University of Alabama.
Long before the I-10 Mobile Bayway opened in 1978, what is known as the Causeway served as the major thoroughfare across the Mobile Bay between Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
After passing through the U.S. Senate with the help of 18 Republicans, including outgoing Sen. Richard Shelby, the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill now goes to the House of Representatives, where U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) said he expects a similar scenario to play out thanks to the “debt junky wing of the Republican Party.”
Outgoing U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) voted in favor of the $1.7 trillion government spending package. His Alabama counterpart, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn), voted against it.
Democrats and establishment Republicans, including Alabama Senator Richard Shelby, have been involved in formulating this huge, unnecessary spending compromise bill, which would keep the new House of Representatives from being able to reduce and eliminate horrible spending now underway, and the programs which that spending supports.
Members of Congress now have had more than 24 hours to review the language of a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package with a December 23 deadline fast approaching.
Two GOP heavyweights find themselves at odds as a December 23 deadline looms over a spending package with potentially more than $650 million in earmarks connected to Alabama.
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby's (R-Tuscaloosa) last hurrah may not work out as he had planned.