The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a $76.6 billion bill to fund military and veteran housing, benefits, training and maintenance — $1.2 billion below President Obama’s budget request.
Members of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees these areas will mark up the legislation on Wednesday. GOP leaders have already scheduled a floor vote on the measure before the House leaves for its next recess in early May.
The bill provides $4.6 billion above the 2015 level and includes funding Congress already approved in advance appropriations last year for veterans.
For military construction projects, the bill provides $7.7 billion, which is $904 million above the 2015 level and $755 million below Obama’s budget request. The funds cover construction and renovation projects on military bases around the world.