Carter Remarks During Floor Consideration of H.R. 4366, The Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act

Jul 26, 2023

I’m honored to present the FY24 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriations bill to the House today.

This bill is special because it supports our troops and their families, and the Nation’s veterans.

The bill provides $17.5 billion for military construction and family housing projects. This is less than the FY23 enacted amount. However, it is nearly $800 million above the President’s request.   

We focus this investment in the Pacific to deter China’s aggressive and coercive actions. We also provide significant funding for new barracks and child development centers.

This bill fully funds veterans’ programs at the level requested by the President. It keeps our promise to veterans, and we do more to help veterans in the Pacific. But we also ensure taxpayer funds are used appropriately and effectively by increasing oversight of several programs. 

I’d like to thank the Subcommittee’s Ranking Member, the gentlelady from Florida, for our partnership in support of servicemembers and their families and veterans. 

I urge your support for H.R. 4366.

I reserve my time.