Military installations affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence, including Tyndall AFB and three Marine Corps bases, would receive $857 million for construction funding and $600 million for operation and maintenance, under an emergency spending bill House Democrats released Friday. The Democrats’ $12 billion disaster aid package builds on the $7.8 billion emergency measure the House passed in late December, reported CQ. That GOP-drafted bill separately included $5.7 billion for border security and never reached the president’s desk.
Milcon funds in the Democrats’ measure would be allocated to three accounts:
- Air Force — $700 million for planning and design, and construction needed to respond to Hurricane Michael; funds would be used for planning and design for the relocation of Tyndall’s F-22 mission, beddown of F-35 units and construction of other facilities needed to rebuild Tyndall, according to an Appropriations Committee release; the Air Force would need to submit a basing plan and future mission requirements to Congress for installations affected by the storm prior to spending the funds;
- Navy and Marine Corps — $115 million for planning and design for construction projects at Marine Corps Air Station New River, MCAS Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina; and
- Army National Guard — $42 million to rebuild an Army readiness center and operations facility.
The measure also includes $400 million in operation and maintenance funding for the Air Force and $200 million in operation and maintenance funding for the Marine Corps to address the impact of the two storms. It is not yet clear when the emergency spending package would receive a vote in committee or on the House floor.
Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez