Military installations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and nearby areas would obtain funding to repair and rebuild facilities damaged during hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, under a $44 billion emergency spending request submitted by the White House on Friday. The aid, which would benefit all of the military’s branches, primarily would be added to operations and maintenance funds, but some would be military construction funding, reported Army Times. The Navy would be one of the largest beneficiaries, with $478.9 million requested for repairs and rebuilding at active-component facilities including Naval Air Stations Corpus Christie and Kingsville, in Texas; NAS Key West and NAS Jacksonville in Florida; and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. Hurricane aid requested for the other services’ active-component facilities includes:
- Army — $20.1 million to repair buildings and other structures at Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas, and Fort Benning, Ga.;
- Marine Corps — $17.9 million to fix damage at Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, Fla., and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina; and
- Air Force — $20.9 million to fix damage at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and Patrick AFB, MacDill AFB and Avon Park Air Force Range in Florida, and Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
The aid package was criticized by key Democrats and at least one Republican as insufficient, indicating a likely battle over funding levels, reported the Washington Post. The final aid probably would be attached to must-pass legislation such as a second continuing resolution or an omnibus spending bill, reported CQ.