Thursday saw the announcement from the House Appropriations Committee regarding the budget for military construction and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Committee decided to cut $1.2 billion from $73.7 billion that was requested.
The budget reduction is the House Republicans’ latest attempt to downgrade and cut federal spending. According to Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), this is the first time in the history of the subcommittee on military construction and veterans affairs this spending bill has been reduced or cut.
Following the bill’s reduction, it will be $615 million less than what was finally allocated in the 2011 budget. The committee stated they expected to have to subsidize fewer “base realignments and closures.” The vast majority of the actual cuts the committee made were in the cost of construction.
Although the committee has made cuts in the bill, the budget continues to fund quality of life programs vital to veterans and their families. The money the military needs to support their missions abroad and at home will still be made available in the spending bill.
The committee found it necessary, however, to cut spending where it could be cut and remain fiscally responsible. At the same time, they wanted to ensure there was proper oversight in place to make sure every dollar spent is being used as effectively as possible.
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