April 9, 2014
The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which contains funding to train and equip our troops, provide housing and services to military personnel and their families, help maintain base infrastructure, and fund veterans’ benefits and programs. The bill will now head to the House floor for consideration.
In total, the legislation provides $71.5 billion in discretionary funding – a cut of $1.8 billion below the fiscal year 2014 level. This reduction will not negatively affect projects or services on which troops and veterans rely. Instead, the bill provides less funding than the previous year for military construction, largely due to a lack of new need for such projects, while increasing funding for veterans programs by $1.5 billion.
Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers made the following statement on the legislation:
“One of our most important duties as Members of Congress is to provide for the protection of this nation and to ensure that those who serve in our armed forces have the care and quality of life they deserve. This legislation will support our courageous service-members, and provide care for our veterans,” Chairman Rogers said.
Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson also commented on his bill:
“This subcommittee provides for the peace of mind and quality of life for our military, and ensures that our veterans receive the benefits that they have earned as a result of the sacrifices that they have made for our freedom,” Chairman Culberson said. “With the approval of this bill today, we have once again been able to protect the high-quality support and services provided to our military, our veterans, and their families.”
The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:
The bill was approved by the full committee on a voice vote.
- Rep. Culberson – The manager’s amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes and additions to the report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
- Mr. Bishop -- The amendment adds report language adding U.S. territories to a required report by the VA on under-served areas. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
For the draft text of the bill, please visit: /UploadedFiles/BILLS-113HR-SC-AP-FY2015-MilCon-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf
For the draft bill report, please visit: /uploadedfiles/hrpt-113-hr-fy2015-milcon.pdf