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Case Supports Defense Department's Proposed Additional $1 Billion Fund To Address Red Hill Water Crisis

Case’s Appropriations Committee will review the request as part of the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget request

(Washington, DC) - Congressman Ed Case (HI-01), a member of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for all federal discretionary spending, today endorsed the Biden Administration’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal to allocate $1 billion more to address the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility water contamination crisis.

“Full remediation, defueling and closure of Red Hill and identification of alternative strategic fuel storage capacity in the Indo-Pacific will take sustained federal funding in the billions over several fiscal years”, said Case. “This new $1 billion fund is a welcome reflection of continued commitment by the Department of Defense and this Administration to achieve all of this.”

“I remain fully committed, especially as a member of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations and of our Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, to supporting and funding all of these efforts. I will carefully review this request and make any adjustments needed to ensure the federal government fulfills its promises to our state.”

The $1 billion Red Hill Recovery Fund is an item in the $773 billion Defense Department budget request that is included in President Biden’s $5.8 trillion Fiscal Year 2023 budget submitted today to Congress.

This funding proposal comes just weeks after Case’s Appropriations Committee provided some $736 million in new funding for Fiscal Year 2022 to support displaced servicemembers, civilians and their families; address drinking water contamination; and conduct activities in compliance with the State of Hawaii’s emergency order. Those funds were in addition to the $403 million in emergency funding obtained in another bill in February 2022, bringing Congress’ total funding for all aspects of Red Hill in the current fiscal year alone to over $1.1 billion.