U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander has been appointed to the House-Senate "Conference Committee" that funds the construction of the Chickamauga Lock and several other major Tennessee Projects.

Alexander released a statement after being appointed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“I look forward to continuing the good work the Senate and House have done so far to restore regular order to the appropriations process and set priorities with budget limits," Alexander said. "These are important bills for Tennesseans—I worked hard to include up to $99.5 million in the Senate bill to continue construction of Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga, to continue record funding for supercomputing and for the agency that funds our 17 national laboratories -- including Oak Ridge National Laboratory—and to support weapons programs that are vital to our national security and the important work at Y-12.”

Alexander is the chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, "which is responsible for recommending funding levels for the Amry Corps of Engineers." During his time as chairman, he has made completion of a new Chickamauga Lock one of his top priorities. The senator has "helped manage Senate passage of this appropriations package, including his subcommittee’s Energy and Water Development appropriations bill."

The members of the House-Senate Conference Committee will work to resolve differences between two versions of the funding bills for the 2019 fiscal year. 2009 is the last time the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill had a formal conference with the House of Representatives.