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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

FY 2008 Spending Requests

The federal budget, as passed by Congress, is $2.937 trillion dollars for fiscal year 2008. Congressman Ruppersberger has requested funding for the following projects. The Congressman complies fully with the letter and spirit of all ethics regulations and disclosure rules of the House of Representatives. As the Congressman’s requests are included in individual spending bills by the Appropriations Committee, the list below will be updated.

    • $2.75 Million for the Gang Elimination Task Force
      $2.75 million will create the new Task Force based at the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC) in Baltimore, Maryland. It will serve as a comprehensive information clearinghouse for gang-related law enforcement intelligence along the East Coast. Information will be shared between authorities in Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania. The Task Force will work with local communities to help identify gang members, curb gang recruitment, and assist prosecutors and law enforcement officials locate high value targets. The funding will pay for additional investigators to be hired to solely focus on gang prosecutions. The Task Force also will have access to national real-time databases that track critical information about gang members across the country.
    • $300,000 for Susquehanna Flood Forecast & Warning System
      On the Susquehanna River in northern Maryland, $300,000 will fund the Flood Forecast and Warning System that uses sophisticated radar techniques, a network of stream and rain gauges, and automatic data transmission to provide the National Weather Service with information for river forecasts. The system provides accurate and advanced warnings of floods to residents and communities throughout the basin to significantly reduce the loss of life and property damage.
    • $250,000 for Mobile Job Training and Placement Vehicle for Ex-Offenders
      In Baltimore County, $250,000 will outfit a mobile job training and placement vehicle for ex-offenders. The funding will outfit the unit with computer stations and assorted tools to help ex-offenders find employment.
    • $200,000 for Baltimore City Public School System Safety Program
      In Baltimore City, $200,000 will fund the Public School Safety Program and provide money for the necessary equipment. The program hopes to reduce violence in the school system by helping create a safer, more productive school environment. The funds will enhance the program, which has been hampered by limited resources in the past.

    • $3 Million for Shock Trauma
      At the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, $3 million will fund cutting edge research for traumatic brain injuries. The research will help physicians improve diagnosis, treatment, and recovery methods for patients. The research will benefit Marylanders as well as servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Doctors estimate that 60% of troops injured in Iraq suffer from traumatic brain injuries. Military medical personnel will learn first hand about this critical research when they complete their monthly rotations at Shock Trauma to help prepare them for overseas assignments.
    • $1 Million for Kennedy Krieger Institute
      At the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, $1 million will go to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury for rehabilitation for American military personnel injured in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other locations around the world. Since the beginning of the Iraq War, more than 16,000 troops have received severe spinal cord injuries. The money will fund groundbreaking therapies that will help reverse spinal cord injuries, generate new nerve cells, and develop brain activity.
    • $1.5 Million for Aberdeen Proving Ground
      At Aberdeen Proving Ground, $1.5 million will fund state-of-the-art research to improve protective helicopter armor used by U.S. servicemen and women.
    • $3 Million for Navy Radar
      At a facility near Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, $3 million will fund groundbreaking improvements to Navy radar to make it smaller, lighter, more adaptable, and more accurate than current radar capabilities.
    • $2 Million for Better Tank Batteries.
      Using technology developed at a Maryland company, $2 million will fund a strong, longer lasting battery for the Abrams tank used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new battery will reduce battlefield fuel demand by as much as 50%. This will save an estimated $15 to $30 million a day and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

    • $19.5 million for Baltimore Harbor Channels
      In the Baltimore Harbor and Channels, $19.5 million will fund maintenance dredging of the Baltimore Harbor Channels and surrounding areas. In addition to the harbor and channels, the Chesapeake Bay will be dredged from Pooles Island in the north to Virginia’s Cape Henry and York Spit in the south.
    • $13.6 million for Poplar Island Wildlife Refuge
      On Poplar Island in the Chesapeake Bay, $13.6 million will fund the restoration of 1,140 acres of the island, creating a wildlife refuge for ospreys, egrets, terns, herons, eagles, terrapins, and other wildlife. Poplar Island is a national model for habitat restoration and beneficial use of dredged material.
    • $311,000 for Harry Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology
      At the Harry Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology at the University of Maryland in Queenstown, $311,000 will continue to fund the Statewide Plan for Agricultural Policy and Resource Management. The money will support research on bio-fuels, forest land conservation, and water supply protection including protecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The goal of the program is to help farmers diversify and make their operations more efficient so that farming and forestry in Maryland are environmentally sound and economically viable.
    • $300,000 for Restoration Efforts on Barren Island and James Island
      On Barren Island and the remnants of James Island in the Chesapeake Bay, $300,000 will begin restoration of 2,070 acres of wetlands, surrounding habitats, and shoreline using dredged material. This program is part of the Mid Bay Project.
    • $231,000 for University of Maryland BioPark in Baltimore City.
      At the University of Maryland BioPark in Baltimore City, this request will help create a workforce training center to support the revitalization of several West Baltimore neighborhoods. The funding will be used to teach workers specialized skills, construct classroom and other facilities, and upgrade utilities and other infrastructure at the BioPark.
    • $231,000 for an Integrated Library System for the Blind
      This project will help develop a library system that blind and visually impaired individuals can use to access materials and information independently in a library or online without help from a librarian. The system will be developed at the National Federation of the Blind Headquarters in Baltimore and will help 1.3 million blind and visually impaired citizens access to information when complete.

    • $1.65 Million for Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network
      The network is a series of museums, displays, activities and facilities around the Chesapeake Bay to increase awareness about the ecosystem and history of the Bay including the John Smith Trail.

    • $300,000 for the Cherry Hill Learning Zone initiative at Towson University
      Towson University, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Baltimore City formed the Cherry Hill Learning Zone Initiative (CHLZI) in 2005 in partnership with the Cherry Hill Community, its local K-12 schools, and residents and families to establish a community-wide network that prepares every preschooler for kindergarten; every elementary student for middle or high school; and every senior for higher education or direct entry into the workforce. This funding will continue development across an array of school improvement and community development initiatives that will become inter-connecting elements in a comprehensive approach to Cherry Hill's sustainable empowerment as an economically and educationally successful community.
    • $250,000 for BRAC Workforce Development at Towson University
      This project will help Towson University create a comprehensive demand-driven workforce development and student enrichment program that will prepare Marylanders for current and projected BRAC and Homeland Security high-wage/high-growth occupations. The targeted populations include at-risk or under represented youth, veterans, and those areas directly impacted by BRAC.
    • $100,000 for the Center for Health, Science, and Homeland Security at Anne Arundel Community College
      This project will support expansion of high-demand programs in radiological technology, first responder training, criminal justice and homeland security management at Anne Arundel Community College. This investment will help provide the infrastructure, curriculum materials and equipment necessary to meet the growing demand for AACC’s health care and homeland security workforce programs. This includes expanding training opportunities with the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Northrop Grumman, and Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
    • $100,000 for the Northwest Hospital Intermediate Care Unit at Northwest Hospital
      This federal partnership will expand and equip the Intermediate Care Unit at Northwest Hospital to better serve the patients of the northwest Baltimore and Randallstown area.
    • $75,000 for the Nurse Institute at Coppin State University School of Nursing
      This funding will allow Coppin’s School of Nursing an opportunity to increase faculty/student recruitment and retention, create competitive faculty salaries, purchase equipment for the classroom and clinical laboratory and identify new computer software and training guides for students. The Institute will increase the number of faculty available to train and educate nursing students for professional nursing practice, which includes providing care to individuals, families, and groups.

    • $1 Million for Road Improvements In and Around Aberdeen Proving Ground
      • $500,000 for State Highway Construction at Aberdeen Proving Ground
        This project will fund preliminary planning on several road projects in and around Aberdeen Proving Ground in support of the BRAC initiative. Improvements to these existing roads that provide either links or direct access to the installation are essential to the transportation network’s ability to successfully handle an anticipated on-post daily commuting population of more than 25,000.
      • $500,000 for Road Improvements in Harford County
        This project will help improve safety, operations, and access at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in anticipation of BRAC-related growth.
    • $750,000 for Widening I-695
      This project will support the widening of I-695 to eight lanes to reduce traffic congestion and improve traffic flow around the Baltimore Beltway. The Maryland State Highway Administration will also use these funds to improve safety on the highway.
    • $500,000 for Traffic Light Synchronization on MD 175 near Ft. Meade
      The Maryland State Highway Administration has requested funding to improve traffic flow through traffic light systemization between MD 170 and MD 173 to improve access to Ft. Meade in anticipation of BRAC-related growth in traffic volume.
    • $1 Million for Buses and Bus Facilities
      • $250,000 for Central Maryland Transit Operations
        The State of Maryland will use this funding to contribute to the construction of the Central Maryland Transit Operations facility that will provide storage and maintenance for a 120-bus operation, employing 200 people.
      • $750,000 for the Maryland Transit Agency
        This project will help the State of Maryland improve existing Maryland Transit Agency bus facilities and build new bus facilities throughout the State of Maryland.