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House Passes Bill to Fund Military Construction, Veterans

On May 19, the House approved, 295-129, H.R. 4974, the FY2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies spending bill. The House Appropriations Committee approved the measure on April 13 (see The Source, 4/15/16). The Senate approved its version of the bill, S. 2806, on April 14 (see The Source, 4/15/16).

H.R. 4974 would provide $184.175 billion in FY2017. This amount is $13.05 billion over FY2016 and $1.277 billion below President Obama’s FY2017 request.

The following chart summarizes funding for programs important to women and their families.

Program/Agency

FY2016

President’s FY2017 Request

House FY2017

Senate FY2017

Military Construction $8.171 billion $7.444 billion $7.694 billion $7.93 billion
Family Housing $1.404 billion $1.32 billion $1.32 billion $1.32 billion
Department of Veterans Affairs (overall) $162.671 billion $177.545 billion $176.068 billion $177.391 billion
Veterans Health Administration $66.376 billion $68.776 billion $67.898 billion $75.881 billion

 

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