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Military Construction-Veterans Spending Bills Clears House Subcommittee

On April 15, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies approved, by voice vote, the FY2016 Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

According to the committee summary, the measure would allocate $76.6 billion in discretionary funds for FY2016. This amount is $4.6 billion over FY2015, but $1.2 billion below President Obama’s budget request.

The bill would provide $7.7 billion for military construction projects, including $1.4 billion for family housing construction projects. The amount for family housing is $223 million over FY2015 and equal to the president’s request.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would receive $163.2 billion in overall funds for FY2016. This amount includes $68.7 billion in discretionary funding, and is $4.1 billion over FY2015. In response to the administration’s request, the bill would provide $970 million in additional funding to “address unanticipated patient access challenges, additional health care services…support for caregivers of veterans, and ending homelessness.” VA medical services would receive $48.6 billion in FY2016.

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

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