Case's House Appropriations Committee Advances Bill to Provide $1.0 Billion More to Address Red Hill Crisis
The $762 Billion Fiscal Year 2023 Defense Funding Measure Also Includes Case's Requested $6 billion in Support for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative To Increase Our National Defense and Presence in the Indo-Pacific
Washington, DC, June 22, 2022
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) has announced approval by his U.S. House Committee on Appropriations today of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Defense funding bill, the first of twelve bills that will collectively fund the federal government for FY 2023 (commencing October 1, 2022).
The FY 2023 Defense Appropriations bill proposes to fund $762 billion for federal agencies and programs in the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community, including the military branches of services, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.
“My Committee on Appropriations is continuing its full support of our efforts to respond directly on multiple fronts to the Red Hill crisis,” said Case, a member of the Committee. “The Committee included my request to create a $1 billion Red Hill Recovery Fund to fix, defuel and close Red Hill as safely and quickly as possible, continue to address the continuing health and other concerns of affected residents, and restore our aquifer. Additional funds will be provided through the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies bill later this week.”
The $1.0 billion proposed for FY 2023 Defense Appropriations bill comes on top of $1.1 billion secured by the Hawai‘i Congressional delegation on an emergency basis earlier this year for current FY 2022.
The Committee also included provisions requested by Case to improve the oversight of the military’s actions regarding Red Hill. The military would be required to submit quarterly reports to Congress on its actions to comply with the State of Hawaii’s regulatory rulings, address the individual health care needs of service members and their families that were affected by the crisis, improve water quality testing surrounding the facility, improve efforts to engage with the community, and move the fuel to other locations in the Indo-Pacific.
Additionally, the Committee supported Case’s effort to expand and improve the military’s engagement with local community throughout Hawai‘i. The Committee directed the Secretary of Defense to work with the Governor of Hawai‘i to help address the disconnect between the services and various communities in Hawai‘i.
Furthermore, the bill included Case’s requested funding for various national programs to assist the military in efforts to support local communities, including $70 million for Impact Aid education programs, $175 million for the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI) that protects environmentally sensitive lands, $293 million to remediate contaminants and military munitions remaining from past activities at active military installations and formerly used defense sites, and $130 million above the President’s request for programs like the National Guard Youth Challenge and Starbase to help troubled youths. All of these programs are fully utilized by the military in Hawai‘i.
“The military must foster a better relationship with the local community to repair the damaged trust caused by Red Hill and build the support needed for various defense initiatives in our state,” said Case.
“A positive relationship between the military and the people of Hawai‘i is needed to prepare and respond to the threats posed by China, Russia and North Korea in the Indo-Pacific.”
The measure also supports the President’s $6.1 billion request for various elements of the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI), which bolsters deterrence and maintains our competitive edge in the Indo-Pacific in recognition of threats posed by China and the need to preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific. A key component of the PDI for FY 2022 is $374 million for the missile defense of Guam, which faces threats from ballistic, hypersonic and cruise missiles. More importantly, more funds are directed for exercises and activities with our partners and allies in the region.
Programs and provisions requested and secured by Case include:
The measure also includes:
Overall, the FY 2023 Defense Appropriations bill reflects a modest increase over last fiscal year’s funding measure, an increase endorsed by the Secretary of Defense, and is in line with President Biden’s budget request.
Case’s Appropriations Committee is responsible for allocating some $1.6 trillion in funding to federal government agencies, departments and organizations on an annual basis through twelve separate bills.
The Defense Appropriations funding bill now moves onto the full House of Representatives for consideration.
A summary of the bill is here.