House Votes on Four Appropriations Bills
Before the Representatives left for their August recess, House lawmakers passed H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act. The bill includes funding provisions from four separate appropriations bills – Department of Defense, Legislative Branch, Military Construction/Veterans Affairs, and Energy and Water. Noteworthy provisions to AGC members include: $10.2 billion for roughly 220 military construction projects, $753 million for both the major and minor construction of VA facilities, and $1.57 billion for the southern border wall.
Additionally, the bill funds overall U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) operations at $6.157 billion, which is an increase of $120 million above FY 2017. The USACE construction account received $1.697 billion, which is $677 million more than the amount President Trump requested earlier this year. The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund is funded at $1.34 billion, an increase of $40 million over FY2017. The bill requires the full use of estimated annual revenues, at least $332 million, from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. The Operations and Maintenance account received a record $3.52 billion, $420 million more than the President’s request for FY 2018.
While all 12 appropriations bills have cleared their respective subcommittees in the House, the Senate remains far behind schedule. Last week Congress left Washington, D.C. for the August recess and will return after Labor Day. Funding for the federal government expires on Sept. 30, 2017.
To read the complete text of the bill, click here.
To review the AGC’s summary of the Federal Construction Accounts, click here.
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