House Appropriations Committee Passes Fiscal Year 2021 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Funding Bill
Measure Includes Hundreds of Millions in Funding for Hawai’i Projects and Priorities Sought by Appropriations Committee Member Case
(Honolulu, HI) – Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) announced House Appropriations Committee passage today of its recommended $251 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Funding Bill.
The measure, which now goes to the full House for final approval, includes Case’s requests for more than $300 million for five major construction projects at military installations in Hawai‘i. For Hawai’i veterans, Case’s requests to direct completion of the new Leeward outpatient facility and adequate parking at Tripler Hospital were also included.
“These military projects address critical facility and quality of life issues which are so important to the wellbeing of our servicemembers and their families and to Hawaii’s role in our national defense,” said Case. “Equally important, as our visitor industry takes years to recover, we must rely especially on the other two legs of our local economy – federal/defense spending and construction – to keep generating good jobs and maintain the best economic foundation possible.”
Case serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for allocating federal funds to government agencies, departments and organizations on an annual basis. Each year the Committee prepares for full House consideration of twelve separate appropriations measures which together total some $1.4 trillion in federal spending.
The committee’s Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, on which Case serves, is responsible for this measure which funds military construction projects, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and various independent federal agencies that assist veterans.
“Our bill also continues our commitment to take care of our veterans, including the over 112,000 which live in Hawai’i, and their families,” said Case. “We must ensure that they are well-cared for, especially throughout this COVID-19 pandemic.”
Provisions in the bill of special interest to Hawai‘i secured by Case include:
In total, the bill provides $250.9 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding, an increase of $15.2 billion above the FY 2020 enacted level and $2.3 billion above the President’s budget request. This includes: