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Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs Bill Clears Subcommittee

On May 13, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies approved, by voice vote, its FY2012 spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

Sponsored by Chair John Culberson (R-TX), the bill would provide $72.535 billion in discretionary funding for programs at the Departments of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs in FY2012. That amount is $615 million below FY2011 and $1.253 billion below President Obama’s request.

According to the subcommittee’s summary and chart, the Department of Defense (DoD) would receive $14.114 billion in FY2012. That amount is $3.335 billion less than FY2011 and $652 million less than the president’s request. Family housing would receive $1.694 billion in FY2012, an amount that is $128.845 million below FY2011 and equal to the president’s request. The bill also would provide $483 million for fifteen DoD education facilities in the United States and around the world.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs would receive $180.338 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding for FY2012, which includes an advance appropriation of $52.541 billion for the Veterans Health Administration. The FY2012 total is $8.692 billion above FY2011 and $475.737 million below the administration’s request.

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