This money is a down payment on a dream, Pelosi said. This money will serve as the foundation on which to build economic opportunity for the people of the Bayview Hunters Point community.
The House bill includes $36 million that the Navy requested for the cleanup of two parcels at the shipyard. In addition, Pelosi fought for $2 million to help the City of San Francisco upgrade and maintain water and sewer service for current Hunters Point Shipyard tenants.
In January, the U.S. Navy and the City of San Francisco signed an agreement for the full cleanup and conveyance of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Under the agreement, the Navy will give the city 88 acres for the development of much-needed housing and retail space. The transfer will be made in phases following cleanup of individual parcels.
The funding approved today is the fourth year in a row that money has been set aside for the shipyard, including $50 million this fiscal year, $63 million in fiscal year 2001, and $50 million in fiscal 2000. In all, more than $225 million in federal funding has been spent on the shipyard cleanup.
Pelosi Wins New Funding for Medical Research
The defense appropriations bill approved today also includes $11 million in new federal funding for vital medical research at San Francisco Bay area facilities that Pelosi pushed for, as well as $9 million for the U.S. Military HIV Research Program and $10 million for the Defense Department's military-to-military HIV prevention program.
These dollars will help protect the men and women who risk their lives to defend our country, Pelosi said. Members of our armed forces need the best weapons we can give them, not only to fight wars, but to battle disease, addiction and biological and chemical attacks.
The House bill provides $6 million for the Northern California Institute for Research and Education, a medical research facility affiliated with the San Francisco Veterans Administration, to purchase equipment that will be used to conduct medical research focused on protecting American troops from chemical and biological threats.
The legislation also includes $5 million for the University of California at San Francisco Department of Neurology Gallo Center to continue research on alcoholism. Scientists in this multi-disciplinary study hope to discover the biological basis for alcoholism and develop a chemical block to alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is the third-leading cause of preventable death in America.
In addition, the bill allocates $19 million for HIV research and prevention programs at the Defense Department. AIDS is devastating foreign military forces in many parts of sub-Saharan African. Nearly 400 U.S. military personnel become newly infected with HIV every year, and more than 15,000 members of the combined armed forces are living with HIV/AIDS. These programs work to develop an HIV vaccine, monitor and prevent new HIV infections, and develop better test and treatment options.
The Senate will debate its version of the fiscal year 2003 Defense Appropriations
bill. Once it approves that bill, a conference will be convened to finalize
allocations for the upcoming fiscal year.