WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today (5/21) voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2014 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MILCON) Appropriations Bill during full Appropriations Committee consideration of the bill. The legislation funds essential infrastructure programs at Northeast Florida military installations.
“In Northeast Florida and around the globe, our men and women in uniform must have the resources they need to protect national security,” said Crenshaw. “I am proud to stand with the full Committee behind a comprehensive, bipartisan bill that fully supports them while also staying within the boundaries of fiscal responsibility during these tight budget times.”
“The construction of a Littoral Combat Ship Logistics Support facility at Mayport, expansion of the P-8 training and parking apron at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and the replacement of Air National Guard fuel pipeline in Jacksonville will help keep our forces strong now and in years to come,” Crenshaw continued. “Equally important, the MILCON bill provides our troops, veterans and military families with the programs they have earned through their service to a grateful nation.”
With full Appropriations Committee approval, the bill now moves to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
The bill totals $73.3 billion in discretionary funding, which is $1.4 billion above the enacted level for fiscal year 2013, and approximately $2.4 billion* above the current level caused by automatic sequestration spending cuts, which do not effect Veterans spending. This level is $1.4 billion below the President’s request for these programs.
*Due to lack of current fiscal year 2013 information provided to Congress by the Office of management and Budget (OMB), post-sequestration funding levels are estimates only.
Editor's Note: Full copies of the legislation and funding breakdowns can be found on the House Committee on Appropriations web site at: www.appropriations.house.gov.