WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, announced that the FY 2005 Department of Defense Appropriations conference report, which includes several Missouri projects, passed recently in the House of Representatives with her vote, 410-12. The conference report also passed the Senate and will now proceed to the White House for President Bush's signature.
The bill contains funds totaling $21,350,000 for four Southern Missouri projects at three locations: Engineered Support Systems (West Plains); the University of Missouri-Rolla; and Brewer Science (Rolla) with one of the projects to assist a business in New Madrid County.
"In Southern Missouri, we are helping to keep the world safe from terrorism in many ways. Our sons and daughters in uniform are securing and stabilizing the Middle East. We are working together on the home front, too. Our research institutions and manufacturing facilities are making great strides to help the cause of freedom in the world," Emerson said.
"The contracts in this bill are going to Missouri grantees who have a long track record of cutting-edge work in their fields and have earned the right to contribute to our nation's cause. We all take pride in their work and congratulate them on securing these funds. Every new technology, every added protection we can give to our troops in the field is worthwhile," Emerson added.
The University of Missouri-Rolla received $2,400,000 for Blast-Resistant Barriers for Homeland Defense.
This project is conducted in conjunction with Kontek Industries at New Madrid to meet the needs of DoD and other agencies to protect key personnel and facilities against terrorist bomb threats. This project includes a 3-D virtual-reality design and simulation suite which will allow for explosion modeling. Kontek will build the structures to be used in testing and simulation.