Google +LinkedInPinterestYouTubeInstagramTwitterFacebook

House Approves MilCon-VA Spending Measure

On June 4 the House of Representatives voted 421-4 to pass H.R. 2216, the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Military Construction and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) appropriations bill. It was the first spending bill for the upcoming fiscal year approved by the House, with the Homeland Security funding measure being approved two days later.

The legislation provides FY 2014 funding mainly for two accounts: Military Construction funding for the infrastructure to house, train, and equip military personnel, provide construction funds for projects pertaining to the quality of life of troops and their families, and for military base structure; and VA funding for veterans’ benefits and programs. The measure now goes to the full House for passage.

The measure contains a total of $157.8 billion, with $9.95 billion going to Military Construction accounts, $147.58 billion being assigned to VA – $84.46 billion in mandatory spending and $63.12 billion in discretionary funds. The bill’s total is $1.4 billion above the enacted level for FY 2013, and approximately $2.4 billion above the current level caused by automatic sequestration spending cuts, which do not affect the Veterans spending portion of the bill. This level is nearly $1.4 billion below the President’s request for these programs. The increase is primarily due to advance funding approved last year for veterans’ medical care and an increase in veterans’ spending for benefits and programs, such as those to reduce the backlog in claims processing. Some of this funding is offset by reductions in the Military Construction portion of the bill.

The two charts below show a comparison of current year VA appropriations, the President’s proposed VA budget for the coming year, and the figures contained in H.R. 2216, FY 2014 MilCon-VA spending measure recently approved by the House Appropriations Committee. The first chart shows only the discretionary medical programs – which receive advance appropriations – while the second charts shows discretionary non-medical accounts.

VA DISCRETIONARY MEDICAL PROGRAMS

 

 

Final FY 2014 VA

Advance

Appropriations

President’s Proposed FY 2015 VA Advance

Appropriations

HR 2216

VA FY 2015 Advanced Appropriations

Medical Services

$43.7 billion

$45.0 billion

$45.0 billion

Medical Support & Compliance

$6.0 billion

$5.9 billion

$5.9 billion

Medical Facilities

$4.8 billion

$4.7 billion

$4.7 billion

Medical/Prosthetic Research#

$582 million

$586 million

$586 million

Total Medical Care

$55.2 billion

$56.2 billion

$56.2 billion

 

# This account is not funded by advance appropriations; therefore, the left column is for FY 2013 (current year), and the middle and right columns are for next year (FY 2014).

VA DISCRETIONARY NON-MEDICAL PROGRAMS

 

 

P.L. 113-6

FY 2013

VA Funding

President’s Proposed

FY 2014 VA Budget

HR 2216

FY 2014

VA Appropriations

Natl. Cemetery Administration

$258 million

$250 million

$250 million

General Operating Expenses – VBA

$2.2 billion

$2.4 billion

$2.4 billion

Information Technology

$3.3 billion

$3.7 billion

$3.7 billion

Major Construction

$532 million

$342 million

$342 million

Minor Construction

$607 million

$715 million

$715 million

State Veterans’ Homes Construction Grants

$85 million

$83 million

$83 million

State Veterans’ Cemeteries Construction Grants

$46 million

$45 million

$45 million

 

Note: Not all discretionary non-medical care accounts are shown.

 

 

Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <p>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Type the characters you see in this picture.
Type the characters you see in the picture; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.  Switch to audio verification.

Tell us what you think