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Senate Coast Relief Bill Adds Figure For Northrop Grumman

A U.S. Senate hurricane relief package provides money for relocation of the CSX railroad line on Mississippi and coverage for uninsured hurricane related losses at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.

The bill passed the Senate Thursday. A compromise must be worked out with the House.

Senator Trent Lott says the bill also provides $176 million to rebuild the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport.

Home residents were moved the day after Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29th to the Washington, D.C., Armed Forces Retirement Home, which is the Gulfport facility's counterpart in the two-home system.  They have remained there.

Senator Thad Cochran says the bill has $700 million to move the CSX railroad away from the Gulf Coast. The track divides virtually every city and town along Mississippi's coast.

The move would free up the land to build a much-needed highway along the congested coastline.

Lott says $140 million would be provided by the Navy to Northrop Grumman. He said the money would compensate the shipbuilder for uninsured hurricane-related costs, some of which are still in negotiation with insurers.

Other Mississippi funding in the bill:

Department of Commerce :

  • $10 million for mapping Mississippi fishing grounds in order to begin underwater debris removal;
  • $15 million to the National Marine Fisheries Service to provide technical assistance to Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama for oyster bed and shrimp ground rehabilitation; 
  • $20 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Center in Pascagoula to complete the repair and reconstruction.

Department of Defense:

  • $44.7 million for Seabees;
  • $103.5 million to Keesler Air Force Base for planning and design of construction projects;
  • $5.8 million to the Mississippi Air National Guard in Meridian and Gulfport.

NASA:

  • $35 million for the Stennis Space Center and the NASA Shared Services Center for costs associated with Hurricane Katrina

Department of Health and Human Services:

  • $6 million for an emergency communications network for Mississippi community health centers;
  • $20 million for mosquito abatement through the Centers for Disease Control. 

Department of Homeland Security:

  • $103.9 million for the Coast Guard's shipbuilding program on the Gulf Coast.

Department of Labor:

  • $27 million for the reconstruction of the Gulfport Job Corps center.

National Park Service:

  • $83 million for historic preservation activities, of which Mississippi should receive $37.5 million.

Department of Transportation:

  • At least $10 million to the Coast Transit Authority for emergency response and recovery of public transportation equipment, facilities, and services.

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