Senate Milcon Panel Would Cut Spending on Past BRAC Closures

Senate Milcon Panel Would Cut Spending on Past BRAC Closures

Funding to clean up installations closed during past base closure rounds would drop by $32.5 million to $277.5 million in fiscal 2019, under the military construction-Veterans Affairs spending bill the Senate Appropriations Committee approved Thursday. The committee’s recommendation represents a $10 million increase over the administration’s budget request, but a sharp drop from the funding level in the companion bill advancing in the House. The House’s milcon spending bill — which is under consideration by the chamber this week as part of a three-bill “minibus” appropriations package — calls for increasing spending on cleanup and ongoing operations and maintenance at sites closed under BRAC by $12 million to $322 million next year.

Separately, the Senate’s milcon spending bill includes $10 million for identification, mitigation and cleanup across the military to address water contamination from the contaminants PFOA and PFOS. Overall, the measure recommends spending $10.3 billion on military construction and family housing programs in FY 2019, a $228 million jump from the current year. The administration asked for $10.5 billion for milcon programs in its budget request

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