Rep. Taylor Named to Conference Committee for Appropriations Bill
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday announced the Members of Congress that will participate in the Conference Committee to finalize the Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019.
Not since 1998 has a freshman member been appointed to serve on a conference committee for an appropriations bill. Conference committees are the final step in resolving the differences on legislation between the House and Senate and are composed of a small group of Members. Passage of individual appropriation bills have been few and far between over the last two decades and Rep. Taylor will have significant influence on the outcome of those final negotiations.
"Going to conference is the next step in responsibly funding our government. The House FY 19 Milcon-VA and Energy/Water bills are critical to our military and waterway infrastructure in Virginia and I am committed to ensuring those priorities are reflected in the final conference report. I am grateful for Chairman Frelinghuysen's trust and confidence in naming me as a conferee, a huge honor, and I look forward to working with my colleagues as we move forward in this process," said Congressman Scott Taylor.
“It is important that we have variety of voices, including a freshman member, on the Conference Committee. Rep. Taylor has proven himself to be an effective member of our committee during his first term, and a strong advocate for a return to regular order. We also welcome him as a veteran who knows the needs of all veterans, especially those who continue to fight overseas and those that suffer from physical and mental wounds. I have full confidence that Rep. Taylor will continue to prove himself as we move forward in this process of funding our government’s defense, infrastructure, and legislative priorities," said House Appropriations Chairman, Rodney Frelinghuysen.
The FY 19 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill provides for $44.7 billion in targeted funding toward national security efforts - including nuclear weapons activities - and energy and water infrastructure investments. This level of funding is $1.5 billion above the FY 18 enacted level and $8.17 billion above the President's budget request.
The House-passed FY 19 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (Milcon-VA) Bill totals $85.3 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $3.9 billion above the FY 18 enacted level - the largest dollar amount in history for the VA. The bill funds VA medical care at $71.2 billion which will enable 7 million patients to be treated in FY 19, and allocates $1.2 billion for the modernization of the VA's electronic health record system. The funding levels for VA medical care are as follows:
|Mental Health Care Services||$8.6B||Homeless Veterans Services||$7.4B|
|Suicide Prevention Outreach||$196M||Opioid Abuse Prevention||$387M|
|Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment||$589M||Rural Veterans Health Initiatives||$270M|
The FY 19 Milcon-VA Bill also includes funding for eight military construction projects across the Commonwealth of Virginia:
|Joint Base Langley-Eustis|
|Air National Guard - Joint Base Langley-Eustis|
|Fort A.P. Hill|
|Humphreys Engineer Center|
The GOP Members of the Conference Committee include:
- Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen
- Rep. Mike Simpson
- Rep. John Carter
- Rep. Ken Calvert
- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
- Rep. Charles Fleischmann
- Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
- Rep. Scott Taylor