House Appropriators Want to Accelerate Cleanup at BRAC Sites

first_imgThe milcon spending measure, which was approved unanimously by the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, calls for spending $230 million next year for past base closure rounds, including cleanup and ongoing operations and maintenance. DOD requested only $205 million for the account in FY 2017, but both recommendations represent a cut from the $266 million Congress allocated in the current year. The committee report, which includes a listing of milcon projects by installation, is available on the committee website. “The Committee recognizes that many factors hinder the cleanup of BRAC sites. However, the Committee believes that strategic investments can lead to quicker cleanups and faster turnover of DOD property to the local community,” the report states. The milcon spending bill likely won’t reach the chamber floor until May 15 unless House Republicans are able to strike a compromise on a budget framework. A split among the GOP on the topline discretionary spending levels included in last year’s budget deal so far has prevented House leaders from bringing an FY 2017 budget resolution to the floor. Dan Cohen AUTHOR Overall, the legislation would provide $7.9 billion for military construction and family housing in FY 2017, representing a $305 million drop from current year funding but a $250 million increase over DOD’s request. “We can’t do it without a waiver of the rule until May 15, on the floor,” Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said about the timing of floor debate on the measure. “Without a budget, you can’t,” said Rogers, reported CQ Roll Call. The Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment prohibiting funding for the next phase of construction of a Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex Consolidation in Croughton, England, unless authorized in the FY 2017 defense authorization bill. House Appropriators added $25 million to the administration’s fiscal 2017 budget request for the cleanup of installations closed during past base closure rounds to accelerate remediation efforts by the Army and Navy, according to the committee report accompanying the FY 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill.last_img

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