The House version of the fiscal 2019 military construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill shortchanges some of the milcon projects included in the administration’s budget request, the White House said in a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) sent Monday. “The administration appreciates that the bill provides $11.3 billion for military construction, close to the full amount requested. However, the bill cuts approximately $950 million from the administration’s requested military construction projects and instead incrementally funds some requested projects while diverting $650 million to other unrequested projects,” wrote Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, reported CQ.
On Tuesday the committee advanced the measure, which includes $10.3 billion for military construction, a $241 million increase above the current level, to the floor. The bill also provides $921 million in overseas contingency operations funding for projects in countries with ongoing U.S. operations and the European Deterrence Initiative. Funding to clean up installations closed during past base closure rounds would rise by $12 million to $322 million, under the measure.