On June 4, the House voted by a 421-4 margin to approve its version of the FY 2014 funding bill for military construction and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill provides $9.95 billion for Department of Defense military construction accounts - a $670 million reduction from pre-sequestration FY 2013 levels and $1.057 billion for VA construction accounts - about an $82 million decrease from FY 2013 levels, as VA accounts were exempt from sequestration.
On the military construction side, most notably, Air Force construction would more than double from $322 million to $1.127 billion, while Army construction would decrease by $583 million - or 35 percent. The Navy and Marine Corps construction account would see a slight increase of $69 million - from $1.548 billion to $1.616 billion. Military family housing accounts would see an overall decrease of $106 million - from $1.649 billion to $1.543 billion.
For the VA, the bill reduces the major construction account by about $190 million - or 36 percent - when compared to last year. The minor construction account actually sees a slight increase of $108 million - or 18 percent - over FY 2013 levels.
The Senate is still working on its version of this funding bill.