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House Appropriations Committee Passes MILCON-VA Bill

June 16, 2017
Press Release
Contact: Scott Weldon (202) 225-4215

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill for fiscal year 2018. The legislation funds projects to rebuild, house, train, and equip our military, provides services to military families, and helps maintain base infrastructure. It also funds vital veterans’ benefits and programs, such as the veterans suicide hotline, mental health services, PTSD/TBI treatment, opioid abuse prevention, and rural health initiatives. In total, the bill appropriates $88.8 billion in discretionary funding, roughly $6 billion above FY17 levels.

Included in the bill is funding Congressman Taylor requested for 8 Military Construction Projects that are located in and around Virginia’s Second Congressional District:

  • $34 M for Joint Base Langley-Eustis Aircraft Maintenance Instructional Building
  • $29 M for ISR operations facility expansion project at Dam Neck
  • $23 M for Special Ops SATEC Range Expansion at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story
  • $2.5 M for electrical upgrades at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story
  • $34.6 M for a Chambers Field magazine recap project at Norfolk
  • $18.5 M to replace a HAZMAT warehouse at Norfolk
  • $36.3 M for a Bachelor Enlisted Quarters project at Yorktown
  • $73.9 M for a Ship Repair Training Facility at Portsmouth 

“Working on this bill has been one of my most important tasks since coming to Congress,” said Congressman Taylor. “Because we have the largest active and retired military population in the nation, this appropriations bill has a profound impact on our area. Military personnel, their families, and the veteran community all rely on this funding for housing, disability payments, health care, and so much more. Passing this bill out of committee sends a strong message to our military and veterans' community that we support them, that we stand with them, now and for years to come.”

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