U.S. Senate committee approves $181M for new Nashville courthouse

At the urging of Sen. Lamar Alexander expected, a U.S. Senate committee Thursday approved on a 16-14 vote allocation of $181.5 million to build a new federal courthouse in Nashville, reports The Tennessean.

The committee voted 16-14 to approve the funding, putting the project a step closer to starting.

“Senate Appropriations Committee approval today of $181.5 million in funding for a new federal courthouse in Nashville is extremely good news because in a rare move the bill approved by the Committee includes what is intended to be the full amount of funding needed to build the new courthouse in one fiscal year instead of being spread out over several years. This means the courthouse project will finally get completed, which is desperately needed,” Alexander, R-Tenn., said in a prepared statement.

…Although the funding was included in President Barack Obama’s budget, it’s not included in any House legislation. That likely means the funding measure would need to go to a “conference committee” of senators and representatives.