KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The U.S. Senate passed the Omnibus spending bill late Tuesday night and President Obama signed it into law Wednesday. Some of the $410-billion included in this bill will go to Tri-Cities projects.
$Two-million for our area will go to the Steptoe Extension Project. Ben Franklin Transit will get $1.7-million for a new maintenance building. The bill gives over $800-thousand of funding for Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. Senator Patty Murray says it'll add a new pediatric and neonatal unit. She also says during construction 400 jobs will be created. She explains that's what this bill is all about; bringing more jobs to the Tri-Cities which, in turn, helps the economy. She says, "Creating strong economic development by creating jobs and important investments like Hanford or the Steptoe Project are important to communities in the Tri-Cities."
Also included in the Omnibus spending is nearly $200-thousand for easier access to the B-Reactor at Hanford.
Murray applauds the Tri-Cities as a growing place and thanks our local leaders for telling her what they needed funding for.