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Military Construction-Veterans Spending Bill Clears House Subcommittee

On March 23, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies approved, by unanimous consent, the FY2017 Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

According to the committee summary, the measure would allocate $81.6 billion in discretionary funding for FY2017. This amount is $1.8 billion over FY2016, but $1.2 billion below President Obama’s FY2017 budget request.

The bill would provide $7.9 billion for military construction projects, $305 million below FY2016 and $250 million over the president’s request. This amount includes $1.3 billion for family housing construction projects. The amount for family housing is $84 million below FY2016 and equal to the president’s request.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would receive $176.1 billion in overall funds for FY2017. This amount is $13.4 billion over FY2016 and includes $73.5 billion in discretionary funding, $2.1 billion over FY2016. In response to the administration’s request, the bill would provide $850 million in additional funding to expand health care services, long-term care for veterans, support services for caregivers of veterans, and homelessness. VA medical services would receive $52.5 billion.

Additional information will be made available when the committee release its report.

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