Fiscal Year 2009 MilCon/VA Appropriations Bill
One of only two regular appropriations bills likely to receive House floor consideration in the 110th Congress is scheduled for debate today. The measure, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill for fiscal year 2009 (H.R. 6599), provides $72.7 billion in net discretionary budget authority [BA] for military construction, family housing, Base Realignment and Closure, and veterans medical services.
The bill also provides $43.4 billion in mandatory BA and $43.3 billion in outlays for several appropriated entitlements, bringing its full total to $116.2 billion in BA and $110.2 billion in outlays after rescissions and other adjustments.
House Democratic Leaders indicated early in the year that they intended to put off most of the regular appropriations bills until the next President is inaugurated, and H.R. 6599 will be the only such measure considered before the August recess. Only the Defense appropriations bill, and a continuing resolution [CR] running through January, are expected to be considered before the 110th Congress adjourns.
Key points about the MilCon/VA appropriations bill are the following:
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