H.R. 5822: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2011

H.R. 5822

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2011

Date
July 28, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to begin consideration of H.R. 5822, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, on Wednesday, July 27, 2010.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) on July 22, 2010.  H.R. 5822 will be considered under a structured rule making fourteen amendments in order.   A summary of all the amendments made in order under the rule will be circulated shortly. 

Bill Summary

 FY 2011 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriation Funding Levels
(In Millions of Dollars)


Program

FY 2010

President's Request

H.R. 5822

H.R. 5822 vs. FY 2010

H.R. 5822 vs. Request

Change from FY 2010

Total Non-Emergency Discretionary Budget Authority

78,005

75,997

75,998

-2,007

1

-3%

Total Discretionary                             (Including Emergency Spending)

78,005

77,255

77,256

-749

1

-1%

Mandatory Spending

56,568

63,849

63,849

7,281

0

13%

Advanced Appropriations

48,183

50,610

50,610

2,427

0

5%

Total Including Emergency, Mandatory, and Advanced Spending

182,756

191,714

191,715

8,959

1

5%

 

H.R. 5822 contains a total of $75.9 billion in non-emergency, discretionary budget authority, a decrease of $2 billion or 3 percent below the discretionary spending level for FY 2010.  The bill also includes $1.2 billion in emergency spending for military construction overseas.  If the emergency spending is included, the total discretionary amount of the bill increases to $77.2 billion or less than one percent below FY 2010.

Funding for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs in FY 2011 also includes $63.8 billion in mandatory spending, which is an increase of $7.2 billion or 13 percent above FY 2010.  In addition, the legislation contains $50.6 billion in advance appropriations for VA medical accounts in FY 2012.  These advanced appropriations are not scored in FY 2010, but will be spent in the future and will add to budget deficits.  Agencies funded through the bill also received $4.4 billion in supplemental appropriations from last year’s “stimulus” bill and $3.3 billion from H.R. 4899, the 2010 Supplemental War Appropriations bill.  The bill also includes a total of 523 earmarks, all but one of which was sponsored by Democrats.

TITLE I—Department of Defense and Military Construction

Department of Defense:  Provides a total appropriation of $18.7 billion the Department of Defense (DoD), a decrease of $4.9 billion or 21 percent from FY 2010.  Funds for the DoD included $13.7 billion for military construction, $1.8 billion for family housing, and $2.3 billion for base realignment.

Military Family Housing:  Provides a total of $1.8 billion for family housing maintenance and construction, which is a decrease of $435 million or 19 percent from FY 2010.  This is the second consecutive year that funding for construction and maintenance of military family housing units has been cut.

NATO Security Investment Program:  Provides $259 million for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program, an increase of $62 million or 31 percent over FY 2010.  The program finances the provision of the installations and facilities needed to support the roles of NATO Strategic Commands.  These investments cover such installations and facilities as communications and information systems, radar, military headquarters, airfields, fuel pipelines and storage, and harbors.

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC):   Provides $2.3 billion for the re-stationing of overseas U.S. military personnel to the United States and base closures, a decrease of $5 billion or 68 percent from FY 2010. 

Use of Funds:  Prohibits funds from being made available to acquire land, provide for site preparation, or install utilities for any family housing, unless it has been made available in appropriations for military construction.

Steel Procurement:  Prohibits the procurement of steel unless U.S. producers and manufacturers are able to compete.

TITLE II—Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Benefits Administration:  Includes a total mandatory and discretionary funding level of $64 billion for the Veterans Benefits Administration, an increase of $7 billion or 13 percent.  The vast majority of the Administration’s funds are provided through mandatory spending for compensation, pensions, and other benefits that were established in previous legislation.

Readjustment Benefits:  Funding provided to the Veterans’ Benefits Administration includes $10 billion in readjustment benefits which finances the education and training of veterans and servicemembers whose initial entry to active duty took place on or after July 1, 1985.  The funding level represents an increase of $1.2 billion or 13 percent over FY 2010.

Veterans Health Administration:  Provides a total of $51 billion for the Veterans Health Administration, an increase of $6.1 billion or 14 percent over FY 2010.  Funding for the Veterans Health Administration medical services comes solely from advanced appropriations form previous years.  Advanced appropriations funding for the VA Administration in FY 2011 includes $37.1 billion for Veterans Medical Services, $5.5 billion for Medical Support Compliance and $5.7 billion for Medical Facilities.  Advanced appropriations contained in the underlying bill will be used to finance these programs in FY 2012.

Information Technology:  Provides $3.2 billion for VA information technology needs at medical facilities, a decrease of $85 million or 3 percent from FY 2010.

Operating Expenses:  Provides $2.6 billion for general VA operating expenses, an increase of $514 million or 25 percent over FY 2010.  In FY 2010, operating expense was increased by 13 percent. 

Other Construction:  Provides $1.1 billion for major VA construction projects, a decrease of $28 million or 2 percent over FY 2010.  The bill also provides $508 million for minor VA construction projects, a decrease of $195 million or 28 percent from FY 2010.

VA Inspector General:  Provides $115 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, an increase of $6 million or 6 percent above FY 2009.

Prosthetic Medical Research:  Provides $590 million for medical and prosthetic research, including trauma and mental health research.  This level is an increase of $9 million or 2 percent above FY 2010.

Advanced Appropriations:  Provides $50.6 billion in advanced appropriations for the Veterans Health Administration for medical services, medical support, and medical facilities.  Advanced appropriations count against the budget cap for the year in which they become available—FY 2012 in this case—but not in the year the appropriation is made.  As such, advanced appropriations are often employed as a budgetary “gimmick” to hide dramatic increases in spending in later years.  For instance, in FY 2011 VA will receive $48 billion in funding from advance appropriations which are not included in the CBO analysis on this FY 2011 VA appropriations bill.

TITLE III—Related Agencies

American Battle Monuments Commission:  The American Battle Monuments Commission, responsible for operating and supporting U.S. military monuments and cemeteries around the world, is funded at $86 million an increase of $6 million or 8 percent above FY 2010.

Army Cemetery Expenses:   Provides $40 million for the operation of Arlington National Cemetery, the same amount as FY 2010.

Armed Forces Retirement Home:  Provides $71 million for the Armed Forces Retirement Home Trust Fund, an increase of $9 million or 15 percent for the operation of the Retirement Home. 

Veterans Claims:  Provides $90 million for the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, an increase of $63 million or 233 percent over FY 2010.

TITLE IV--OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS

Emergency Construction Funding:  Provides a total of $1.2 billion in overseas contingency funding for military construction abroad.  This funding is designated as emergency spending and is thus not included in the regular discretionary total for Military Construction or the bill as a whole.

H.R. 5822 Spending Levels
(in Millions)

 

Program

FY 2010

President's Request

H.R. 5822

H.R. 5822 vs. FY 2010

H.R. 5822 vs. Request

Change from FY 2010

TITLE I-- Department of Defense

Department of Defense

23,686

18,746

18,745

-4,941

-1

-21%

Army Military Construction

3,719

4,079

4,052

333

-27

9%

Navy and Marines Military Construction

3,769

3,879

3,587

-182

-292

-5%

Air Force Military Construction

1,412

1,311

1,276

-136

-35

-10%

Defense-Wide Military Construction

2,943

3,118

3,000

57

-118

2%

Reserve Components

1,622

1,438

1,810

188

372

12%

NATO  Security Investment

197

259

259

62

0

31%

Family Housing Maintenance and Construction

2,258

1,823

1,823

-435

0

-19%

Chemical Demilitarization Construction

152

125

125

-27

0

-18%

Base Realignment and Closure

7,455

2,354

2,354

-5,101

0

-68%

TITLE II--Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Benefits Administration

56,734

64,013

64,013

7,279

0

13%

Compensation and Pensions

47,396

54,276

53,492

6,096

-784

13%

Readjustment Benefits

9,232

9,587

10,440

1,208

853

13%

Veterans Insurance and Indemnities

49

63

63

14

0

29%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans Health Administration

45,077

51,200

51,200

6,123

0

14%

Medical Services                                                   (Advanced From Prior Years)

34,708

37,136

37,136

2,428

0

7%

Medical Support Compliance (Advanced From Prior Years)

4,930

5,535

5,535

605

0

12%

Medical Facilities                                              (Advanced From Prior Years)

4,859

5,740

5,740

881

0

18%

Medical and Prosthetic Research

581

590

590

9

0

2%

National Cemetery Administration

250

251

259

9

8

4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Departmental Administration

7,545

7,754

7,743

198

-11

3%

General Operating Expenses

2,087

2,588

2,601

514

13

25%

Information Technology Systems

3,307

3,307

3,222

-85

-85

-3%

Office of the Inspector General

109

109

115

6

6

6%

Construction of Major Projects

1,194

1,151

1,166

-28

15

-2%

Construction of Minor Projects

703

468

508

-195

40

-28%

Grants for State Extended Care Construction

100

85

85

-15

0

-15%

Grants for State Veterans Cemetery Construction

46

46

46

0

0

0%

TITLE III--RELATED AGENCIES

Related Agencies

280

283

287

7

4

3%

American Battle Monuments Commission

80

84

86

6

2

8%

US Court of Appeals for Vets Claims

27

90

90

63

0

233%

Army Cemetery Expenses

40

38

40

0

2

0%

Armed Forces Retirement Home

62

71

71

9

0

15%

TITLE IV--OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS

Overseas Contingency Operations (Designated as Emergency Spending) 

1,399

1,258

1,258

-141

-141

-10%

Military Construction, Army

924

930

930

6

6

1%

Military Construction, Air Force

475

281

281

-194

-194

-41%

Military Construction, Defense-Wide

0

47

47

47

47

0%

TOTAL FUNDING LEVELS

Total Non-Emergency Discretionary Budget Authority

78,005

75,997

75,998

-2,007

1

-3%

Total Discretionary                             (Including Emergency Spending) 

78,005

77,255

77,256

-749

1

-1%

Mandatory Spending

56,568

63,849

63,849

7,281

0

13%

Advanced Appropriations

48,183

50,610

50,610

2,427

0

5%

Total Including Emergency, Mandatory, and Advanced Spending

182,756

191,714

191,715

8,959

1

5%

 

Cost

According to the CBO, H.R. 5822 would appropriate $75.998 billion in non-emergency discretionary budget authority for FY 2011.