FY 2012 Defense Spending Bill Approved in House
The House on Friday approved $530 billion in non-emergency defense spending for fiscal 2012, an increase of $17 billion over FY 2011, but a decline of $9 billion compared to President Obama’s proposal.
The measure includes funding for several programs of interest to defense communities. Funding for the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) would climb by $41 million to $91.8 million in FY 2012 under the bill, H.R. 2219.
The agency was allocated $50.8 million for the current year in the spending compromise Congress reached in April. The committee’s recommendation also represents a $10 million increase over the president’s budget request for FY 2012.
The spending measure would provide $250 million for the construction, renovation, repair or expansion of elementary and secondary public schools at military installations. Priority consideration for distributing the funds — which would flow through OEA or be transferred to the Department of Education — should be given to bases with schools suffering the most severe capacity or facility condition deficiencies, according to the bill.
A separate provision would provide $33 million to help Guam’s civilian population deal with the relocation of 8,600 Marines from Okinawa. Needs the money could be used for include vehicles and supplies for civilian student transportation, preservation and repository of artifacts unearthed during military construction, and construction of a mental health and substance abuse facility.
The Senate has not yet marked up a FY 2012 defense spending measure.
H.R. 2219 and the committee report, H. Rpt. 112-110, are available on Thomas.