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House Passes Appropriations Minibus for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch

September 14, 2018
Press Release
Contact: Timothy Foster (202) 225-4215

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a three-bill Appropriations "minibus" funding bill, agreed upon by the joint House and Senate Conference Committee. The package of bills includes funding for the Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2019. In June it was announced that Representative Scott Taylor would be named to the Conference Committee, the first time since 1998 that a freshman member has been appointed to serve on a conference committee for an appropriations bill.

This package of three funding bills will mark the first time in more than 10 years that Congress has sent more than one Appropriations bill to the President’s desk prior to the end of the fiscal year. This represents a significant effort made by the House and Senate to return to “regular order” – which means completing all 12 funding bills through the normal legislative process and enacting them into law.

"These appropriations bills are critical to our military and water infrastructure in Virginia. They provide the necessary funding to continue rebuilding the military, including important resources for our troops and their families. It also provides important funding for the VA that will increase health care access for veterans and streamline accountability," said Congressman Scott Taylor.

The FY19 Energy and Water Appropriations bill provides a total of $44.64 billion in discretionary funding - $1.44 billion above FY18 levels. The bill supports a strong nuclear national security strategy with a total of $15.23 billion for the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons security programs, including the maintenance and readiness of the nuclear stockpile and Naval nuclear reactors. It also increases funding for the nation's water resources infrastructure by directing $7 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers, an increase of $172 million, which will boost navigation and flood control improvements. Additionally, it promotes economic competitiveness and energy independence by including $13.5 billion for energy programs, including protecting the safety of the nation’s electrical grid and investments in fossil and nuclear energy research.

The FY19 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill provides $98.1 billion in discretionary funding - $5.3 billion above FY18 levels. This includes $921.4 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. The bill provides much-needed oversight and accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) to ensure tax dollars are used wisely and for the benefit of servicemembers and veterans. 

The bill funds VA medical care at $72.3 billion – providing for approximately seven million patients to be treated in fiscal year 2019. Within this total, funding includes: $8.6 billion in mental health care services; $206 million in suicide prevention outreach activities; $589 million for traumatic brain injury treatment; $7.5 billion in homeless veterans treatment, services, housing, and job training; $400 million for opioid abuse prevention; and $270 million in rural health initiatives. 

The bill also provides a total of $10.3 billion for military construction projects – an increase of $241 million, or 2.4 percent, above the enacted fiscal year 2018 levels. Funding for military construction projects includes military family housing, military medical facilities, DOD education facilities, Guard and Reserve facilities, NATO Security Investment Program (NSIP), and Guantanamo Bay. 

The FY19 Military Construct and Veterans Affairs bill also includes funding for eight military construction projects across the Commonwealth of Virginia:


VA-02
Dam Neck
  • SOF Magazines
$8.9M
Joint Base Langley-Eustis
  • Fuel Facilities Replacement
$6.9M
  • Ground Vehicle Fueling Facility Replacement
$5.8M
Air National Guard - Joint Base Langley-Eustis
  • Cyber Ops Facility
$10M

 


Virginia
Portsmouth
  • Ships Maintenance Facility
$26.12M
Fort A.P. Hill
  • Training Campus
$11.73M
Fort Belvoir
  • Human Performance Training Center
$6.12M
Humphreys Engineer Center
  • Maintenance and Supply Facility
$20.25M
Pentagon
  • Exterior Infrastructure & Security Improvements
$23.65M
  • North Village VACP & Fencing
$12.2M
 

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