(Washington D.C.)– Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that that the $1 million she included to support the construction of a new Emergency Response Center in Sprague, Washington in the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill has been included in the final version of the spending bill. The bill has now been approved by both houses of Congress after passing the Senate today by a vote of 79-19 and will now head to the President who is expected to sign it into law.

The new center will replace an existing building that is suffering from structural damage to the roof and walls. Lincoln County Fire District #1 responds to emergencies along the I-90 corridor, for which it receives no revenues, and this funding will provide the initial support to replace the current building.

“I fought to include funding to support a new Emergency Operations Center in Lincoln County, which is a priority for the region” said Senator Patty Murray.  “This funding will allow the district to move forward with a critical project, while creating jobs and providing a boost to the local economy.”

“The Sprague Emergency Response center will provide the facilities necessary to safely and efficiently house the emergency equipment and personnel that are vitally important to the protection of our community and the thousands of persons who travel through here each day,” said Chief Scott Clemenson, Lincoln County Fire District #1.

Senator Murray is a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.