Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill
The House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriation bill provides $73.3 billion in discretionary budget authority which is a 3.4% increase over the post-sequester level of funding provided in FY 2013 and is slightly below the President’s FY 2014 requested level.
The bill includes $11.01 billion for military construction projects, a 14.58% increase over FY 2013 post-sequester levels, and $62.1 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs which is a 1.79% increase over currently enacted levels. The spending levels in the bill do not exceed the 302(b) allocations adopted by the Appropriations Committee which are consistent with the overall spending level approved by the House in the Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 25).
Military Construction and Family Housing Programs. The bill provides $9.95 billion in funding for military construction projects which represents an increase of 14.6% compared to 2013 post-sequester enacted levels and is equal to the President’s FY 2014 request. Included in the funding for military construction projects is $1.53 billion (a slight increase over FY 2013 enacted post-sequester and FY 2014 requested levels) to ensure continued quality housing for military families and $927 million to provide for the construction and alteration of new or existing military medical facilities to support the care of eligible beneficiaries
Veterans Affairs. Approximately $63.1 billion in funding is provided to the Department of Veterans Affairs by this bill, an increase of 3.5% over FY 2013 levels and .5% less than the President’s request. This figure includes $54.5 billion in advanced funding for veterans medical services that was provided in the FY 2013 continuing resolution. The bulk of the appropriation is used to provide medical services to the estimated 6.5 million patients that will be treated in FY 2014. In addition to general medical programs, funding is also provided for mental health care, suicide prevention programs, traumatic brain injury treatment, homeless veterans services, and rural health initiatives.
Advance Appropriations for Veterans Medical Programs. Included in the legislation is $55.6 billion in advance FY 2015 funding for the Veterans Health Administration for medical services. This is the same level requested by the President and is approximately $1.2 billion above the advance funding level provided in FY 2013.
Arlington National Cemetery. This bill provides $71 million in funding for Arlington National Cemetery, a decrease of approximately $91 billion from the FY 2013 post-sequester level which included funding for several major new construction projects.