Funds for riverfront development in House bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, announced today Phenix City could receive $250,000 to help support the continuing redevelopment of the city’s Chattahoochee River front.

Rogers said the funds, which were included in the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill for fiscal year 2008, passed the House yesterday.

“As Phenix City and Russell County continue to grow, the redevelopment of the historic riverfront area will serve as a catalyst for further economic growth, as well as help create a unique place for entertainment for families and residents in the area,” said Rogers, who represents Alabama's 3rd Congressional District which includes Phenix City. “I am thrilled Congress is continuing to show its support for this exciting Russell County project.”

Rogers said he was delighted the Phenix City project could receive the funds, but cautioned local citizens that the bill has several steps to go before being signed into law and said that the final funding amount could change significantly or be eliminated altogether.

Rogers explained the bill’s companion must be passed through committee in the Senate as well as receive a vote in the full Senate. The bill’s Conference Report, a compromise bill including House and Senate features, must also be passed by both houses later this year before the funding is final.

“While it’s still early in the process and things could change, I’m delighted to have helped secure these funds in this bill, which would help support this important 3rd District economic development project,” Rogers said. “We’re still several steps away from final passage, and I certainly appreciate the ongoing support of Senators Shelby and Sessions in the Senate as the process moves forward.”

Rogers serves on the Homeland Security Committee, Armed Services Committee and Agriculture Committee.