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APPROPRIATIONS

FY2011 Appropriations Requests

**Note - In the continued effort to cut federal spending, Rep. Olson will not be making appropriations requests for FY11 pursuant to the House Republican Conference resolution which called for a moratorium on earmark submissions.

FY2010 Appropriations Requests

Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE,
Washington, DC, 20590-9898

$500,000

These funds would be used on development of the I-69 route in Texas, particularly the expansion to interstate standards of highways 77, 281, and 59, from Laredo and the Lower Rio Grande Valley through Houston to Texarkana. This project has been authorized under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and designated by Congress as a "high priority corridor." This funding would be used to work to obtain environmental clearances so as not to further delay ongoing construction of the corridor.

Click here for support letter from the Alliance for I-69.

The Harris County Flood Control District
9900 Northwest Freeway, Suite 200
Houston, TX, 77092

$2,500,000

The project on Clear Creek consists of 15.1 miles of channel rectification and a 500 acre-foot in-line detention from Dixie Farm Road to State Highway 288 and a 1,750 acre-foot detention basin. On Mud Gully there will be 0.8 miles of channel rectification and a 1,550 acre-foot detention basin. Turkey Creek will receive 2.4 miles of channel rectification and for Mary’s Creek the plan includes 2.1 miles of channel rectification and a 900 acre-foot detention basin. This project will provide lower flood risks to areas in the 22nd District of Texas. It is estimated the number of homes subject to the 1% (100 year) flood would be reduced from 3,380 to 1,130. Flood Risk Management is in the national interest by reducing loss of life, injury and property destruction.

Links to support letters from the City of Friendswood, Resolutions of support, Judge Emmett, & Galveston County.

Fort Bend County Texas
301 Jackson Street
Richmond, TX, 77469

$20,000,000

The Arcola region of Fort Bend County currently has no comprehensive public water distribution system with the majority of all water to residences and businesses provided by private wells. The existing wells produce low quality water. Environmental complaints within the Arcola region generally exceed the total complaints received in the remainder of Fort Bend County. The Arcola region consists of 1.1% of the county, but generates half of the county’s environmental citations. This funding will be used for engineering and environmental studies as well as EPA review.

Click here to view letter of support.

City of Deer Park
710 E. San Augustine
Deer Park, Texas, 77536

$3,308,500

This project would create a 35 acre detention basin south of SH 225 in the Patrick Bayou watershed that would provide for storage of storm water. It would provide flooding protection in the Patrick Bayou watershed. The Patrick Bayou watershed has a history of flooding and impacts thousands of residents, due to the undersized sewer pipes north of SH225. These pipes are inadequate to convey the storm water from SH 225 into the open channel of Patrick Bayou.

Click here for a letter of support from Deer Park.

San Jacinto College
4624 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX, 77504

$350,000

This project would help displaced workers in the Houston area obtain training to reenter the workforce in high-demand positions. This project would train new workers and retrain or upskill existing workers to become welders, pipefitters and nondestructive testing personnel for the petrochemical industry.

Port of Houston Authority
P.O. Box 2562
Houston, TX 77252

$30,905,000

The Port of Houston is the 7th largest container port in the United States and serves 50 million consumers within a 500-mile radius. In 2007, the Port of Houston provided $285 billion in economic value, $72 billion in personal income, and $16.2 billion in Federal Taxes. It is also home to the second largest petrochemical complex in the world and the largest refinery in the United States. In order to keep the Port of Houston operating at full capacity, the Houston Ship Channel must be maintained. The increased natural shoaling has placed greater pressure on the Port’s capacity to store and manage dredge material and without increasing capacity they will not be able to dredge the channel. Without this necessary funding, dredged material capacity will be unavailable and material will be pumped longer distances increasing the cost of dredging for the same volume of material dredged the previous year. This request is for operations and maintenance.

Port of Houston Authority
P.O. Box 2562
Houston, TX 77252

$58,350,000

The Port of Houston is the 7th largest container port in the United States and serves 50 million consumers within a 500-mile radius. In 2007, the Port of Houston provided $285 billion in economic value, $72 billion in personal income, and $16.2 billion in Federal Taxes. It is also home to the second largest petrochemical complex in the world and the largest refinery in the United States. In order to keep the Port of Houston operating at full capacity, the Houston Ship Channel must be maintained. The increased natural shoaling has placed greater pressure on the Port’s capacity to store and manage dredge material and without increasing capacity they will not be able to dredge the channel. Without this necessary funding, dredged material capacity will be unavailable and material will be pumped longer distances increasing the cost of dredging for the same volume of material dredged the previous year. This request is for additional construction.

Both Port of Houston Ship Channel projects support letters are here from Houston Pilots, Intercontinental Terminals, & Volpak Deer Park.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-0103

$5,000,000

The National Biocontainment Training Center will significantly contribute to the security of the nation by ensuring that staff working within containment facilities across the nation are well trained and fully prepared to undertake the important work of developing improved preventatives, better diagnostics, and the most efficacious therapeutics for emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism threats. Measurements of success will be found in the products that arise from these development efforts and the scientific discoveries that will be made. Quantitative metrics of success of the National Biocontainment Training Center can be found in the number of individuals trained and the hours of successful work undertaken within the facilities.

Letter of support can be found here from the Texas State Senate.

Texas Air National Guard, 147th Fighter Wing
Ellington Joint Reserve Base
Houston TX 77034

$2,000,000

The Air Force has moved out on many fronts to ensure a seamless war fighting unit by fully integrating Active Air Force with Guard and Reserve capabilities. One aspect which sorely lags behind is the area of core network infrastructure. The Air National Guard continues to show large shortfalls in funding to maintain and upgrade its communication network. The Air Force has provided overarching guidance to ensure information and communication systems are compatible, interoperable, and accessible across all commands. Under this initiative, the Air National Guard is actively engaged in delivering on the promise of the "One Air Force One Network Initiative". Toward this end, the Air Guard is upgrading its core infrastructure of wired and wireless networks to the Air Force standard architecture as adopted by the Air Force Combat Information Transport Systems approved architecture. The effort includes inside plant, infrastructure and devices for wired and wireless, fixed and deployable, classified and unclassified networks. The requested funding would provide for the site survey, network design, procurement, integration, installation and test of necessary components to achieve the compatibility and interoperability goals of the 1AF/1Network initiative for fixed and deployable communications compatibility and interoperability. The Texas ANG network at Ellington Field, Houston would then serve as the model for implementation across other Air Guard locations. The resulting capability will significantly increase the readiness and agility of the Texas Air National Guard mission by ensuring network compatibility and interoperability across Air Guard, Air Reserve, and AF Active Duty bases.

Texas Air National Guard, 147th Fighter Wing
Ellington Joint Reserve Base
Houston TX 77034

$3,120,000

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