The Pentagon would be barred from using funds from the fiscal 2019 military construction-VA spending bill to propose, plan for or execute a new BRAC round, under an amendment approved by House lawmakers on Friday. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), who sponsored the provision, has offered an amendment prohibiting BRAC for the past three years, according to a news release. Ratcliffe’s district includes Red River Army Depot.
The chamber later passed the underlying spending bill as part of a three-bill “minibus” that also included the energy-water and legislative branch spending measures. The milcon bill includes $10.3 billion for military construction and family housing programs, a $241 million increase above this year’s allocation. The minibus is the first of what House Republican leaders expect to be a series of three-bill packages intended to expedite passage of all 12 spending titles before Oct. 1, reports CQ.