House Appropriations Issues Report on Military Construction, VA & Related Agencies – Title IV – General Provisions (Part 9 of 9)


WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 — The House Appropriations Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 117-81) in explanation of the accompanying bill (H.R. 4355) making appropriations for military construction, veterans affairs and related agencies for the fiscal year ending Sep. 30, 2022. The report was advanced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, on July 2, 2021.

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(Continued from Part 8 of 9)

TITLE IV – General Provisions

The bill includes a total of 11 provisions that were in effect in fiscal year 2021:

The bill includes section 401 prohibiting the obligation of funds beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly so provided.

The bill includes section 402 prohibiting the use of funds for programs, projects, or activities not in compliance with Federal law relating to risk assessment, the protection of private property rights, or unfunded mandates.

The bill includes section 403 encouraging all departments and agencies funded in this Act to expand the use of “E- Commerce” technologies and procedures.

The bill includes section 404 specifying the Congressional committees that are to receive all reports and notifications.

The bill includes section 405 prohibiting the transfer of funds to any instrumentality of the United States Government without authority from an appropriations Act.

The bill includes section 406 prohibiting any funds in this Act to be used for a project or program named for an individual serving as a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the United States House of Representatives.

The bill includes section 407 requiring all reports submitted to the Congress to be posted on official websites of the submitting agency.

The bill includes section 408 prohibiting the use of funds to establish or maintain a computer network unless such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of pornography, except for law enforcement investigation, prosecution, or adjudication activities.

The bill includes section 409 prohibiting the use of funds for payment of first-class travel by an employee of the executive branch.

The bill includes section 410 prohibiting the use of funds in this Act for any contract where the contractor has not complied with E-Verify requirements.

The bill includes section 411 prohibiting the use of funds in this Act to construct facilities on military installations that do not meet resiliency standards.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPORT REQUIREMENTS

The following items are included in accordance with various requirements of the Rules of the House of Representatives:

Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives Pursuant to clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the following is a statement of general performance goals and objectives for which this measure authorizes funding:

The Committee on Appropriations considers program performance, including a program’s success in developing and attaining outcome-related goals and objectives, in developing funding recommendations.

Rescissions The bill does not contain any rescissions, as defined in clause 3(f)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

Transfer of Funds

Pursuant to clause 3(f)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the following statements are submitted describing the transfer of funds provided in the accompanying bill.

Language is included to allow for the transfer of funds from Family Housing, Construction accounts to the Department of Defense Family Housing Improvement Fund and funds from Military Construction accounts to the Department of Defense Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund.

Language is included to provide transfer authority from the BRAC account to the Homeowners Assistance Program.

Language is included to allow the transfer of expired funds to the “Foreign Currency Fluctuations, Construction, Defense” account.

Language is included to transfer not to exceed $20,115,000 in fiscal year 2022 from Compensation and Pensions to General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration and Information Technology Systems. These funds are for the administrative costs of implementing cost-savings proposals required by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 and the Veterans’ Benefits Act of 1992. Language is also included transferring funds to the medical care collections fund to augment funding of medical facilities for nursing home care provided to pensioners.

Language is included to permit the transfer of funds from General Administration to General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration.

Language is included to permit the transfer of funds between Information Technology Systems development projects and among the three sub-accounts identified in bill language subject to the approval of the Committee.

Language is included to provide authority for the Department of Veterans Affairs for any funds appropriated in 2022 for Compensation and Pensions, Readjustment Benefits, and Veterans Insurance and Indemnities to be transferred among those three accounts.

Language is included to transfer funds among the Medical Services, Medical Community Care, Medical Support and Compliance, and Medical Facilities accounts.

Language is included to permit the funds from three life insurance funds to be transferred to General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration and Information Technology Systems for the costs of administering such programs.

Language is included to permit funding up to $78,417,225 to be transferred to General Administration and Information Technology Systems from any funds appropriated in fiscal year 2022 to reimburse three headquarters offices for services provided.

Language is included to transfer certain funds derived from enhanced-use leasing activities to the Construction, Major Projects and Construction, Minor Projects accounts.

Language is included to transfer funds from the Medical Care Collections Fund to the Medical Services and Medical Community Care accounts.

Language is included to allow the transfer of funds from the Capital Asset Fund to the Construction, Major Projects and Construction, Minor Projects accounts.

Language is included to allow the transfer of funds from various accounts to the Information Technology Systems account in an aggregate amount not to exceed ten percent of the account appropriation, subject to approval by the Committee.

Language is included to allow the transfer of funds in fiscal year 2022 provided for the Department of Veterans Affairs to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund.

Language is included allowing fiscal year 2023 medical care funding to be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense- Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration fund.

Language is included permitting funds deposited to the Medical Care Collections Fund for healthcare provided at a combined Federal medical facility to be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund.

Language is included under the Department of Veterans Affairs that would transfer no less than $15,000,000 for the DOD-VA Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund as authorized by section 8111(d) of title 38, United States Code.

Language is included that permits the transfer from all discretionary accounts except General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration, to Medical Services, subject to approval by the Committee.

Language is included that permits transfer of funds between General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration and the Board of Veterans Appeals, subject to approval by the Committee.

Disclosure of Earmarks and Congressionally Directed Spending Items The following table is submitted in compliance with clause 9 of rule XXI, and lists the congressional earmarks (as defined in paragraph (e) of clause 9) contained in the bill or in this report. Neither the bill nor the report contain any limited tax benefits or limited tariff benefits as defined in paragraphs (f) or (g) of clause 9 of rule XXI.

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Compliance With Rule XIII, CL. 3(e) (Ramseyer Rule)

In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new matter is printed in italics, existing law in which no change is proposed is shown in roman):

SECTION 220 OF DIVISION J OF THE CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021

(Public Law 116-260)

AN ACT Making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, providing coronavirus emergency response and relief, and for other purposes.

[(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

[Sec. 220. Of the amounts appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs which become available on October 1, 2021, for “Medical Services”, “Medical Community Care”, “Medical Support and Compliance”, and “Medical Facilities”, up to $327,126,000, plus reimbursements, may be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense–Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund, established by section 1704 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 123 Stat. 3571) and may be used for operation of the facilities designated as combined Federal medical facilities as described by section 706 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 4500): Provided, That additional funds may be transferred from accounts designated in this section to the Joint Department of Defense–Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund upon written notification by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress.] ———-

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PART II–GENERAL BENEFITS * * * * * * * CHAPTER 17–HOSPITAL, NURSING HOME, DOMICILIARY, AND MEDICAL CARE SUBCHAPTER I–GENERAL Sec.

1701. Definitions.

SUBCHAPTER II–HOSPITAL, NURSING HOME, OR DOMICILIARY CARE AND MEDICAL TREATMENT

1710. Eligibility for hospital, nursing home, and domiciliary care.

1720K. Provision of assisted reproductive technology or adoption reimbursements for certain disabled veterans.

SUBCHAPTER II–HOSPITAL, NURSING HOME, OR DOMICILIARY CARE AND MEDICAL TREATMENT

Sec. 1720K. Provision of assisted reproductive technology or adoption reimbursements for certain disabled veterans (a) Provision of Services.–Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary may provide– (1) fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technology to a covered veteran or the spouse of a covered veteran; or (2) adoption reimbursement to a covered veteran.

(b) Limitations.–Amounts made available for the purposes specified in subsection (a) are subject to the requirements for funds contained in section 508 of division H of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31).

(c) Definitions.–In this section:

(1) The term “adoption reimbursement” means reimbursement for the adoption-related expenses for an adoption that is finalized after the date of the enactment of this section under the same terms as apply under the adoption reimbursement program of the Department of Defense, as authorized in Department of Defense Instruction 1341.09, including the reimbursement limits and requirements set forth in such instruction, as in effect on the date of the enactment of this section.

(2) The term “assisted reproductive technology” means benefits relating to reproductive assistance provided to a member of the Armed Forces who incurs a serious injury or illness on active duty pursuant to section 1074(c)(4)(A) of title 10, as described in the memorandum on the subject of “Policy for Assisted Reproductive Services for the Benefit of Seriously or Severely Ill/Injured (Category II or III) Active Duty Service Members” issued by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs on April 3, 2012, and the guidance issued to implement such policy, as in effect on the date of the enactment of this section, including any limitations on the amount of such benefits available to such a member, except that– (A) the periods regarding embryo cryopreservation and storage set forth in part III(G) and in part IV(H) of the first part IV of such memorandum shall not apply; and (B) such term includes embryo cryopreservation and storage without limitation on the duration of such cryopreservation and storage.

(3) The term “covered veteran” means a veteran who has a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment.

Changes in Application of Existing Law

Pursuant to clause 3(f)(1)(A) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the following statements are submitted describing the effect of provisions in the accompanying bill that directly or indirectly change the application of existing law.

Language is included in various parts of the bill to continue on-going activities that require annual authorization or additional legislation, which to date have not been enacted.

Language is included in various parts of the bill to place limitations on the use of funds in the bill or change existing limitations and which might, under some circumstances, be construed as changing the application of existing law.

Language is included in various parts of the bill to allow the Secretary of Defense to exceed certain limitations upon notification to the Committee.

Language is included in various parts of the bill to allow funding to be used for official reception and representation expenses.

Language is included in various parts of the bill to enable various appropriations to remain available for more than one year for some programs for which the basic authority legislation does not presently authorize such extended availability.

Language is included in various parts of the bill to permit the transfer of funds to other accounts.

Language is included under Title I to prohibit payments for cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contracts under certain circumstances.

Language is included in various parts of the bill to allow funds to be used for the hire of passenger motor vehicles.

Language is included under Title I to allow advances to the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation under certain circumstances.

Language is included under Title I to prohibit the use of funds to begin construction of new bases without specific appropriations.

Language is included under Title I to prohibit the use of funds for purchase of land or land easements under certain circumstances.

Language is included under Title I to prohibit the use of funds for land acquisition, site preparation, and utility installation for family housing unless funds have been made available in annual appropriations Acts.

Language is included under Title I to prohibit the use of minor construction funds to transfer an activity between installations without prior notification.

Language is included under Title I to prohibit the use of funds for the procurement of steel for any activity if American steel producers have been denied the opportunity to compete for such steel procurements.

Language is included under Title I to prohibit the use of funds to pay real property taxes in any foreign nation.

Language is included under Title I to prohibit the use of funds to initiate a new installation overseas without prior notification.

Language is included under Title I to limit the use of funds for architect and engineer contracts under certain circumstances.

Language is included under Title I to limit the use of funds for awarding contracts to foreign contractors under certain circumstances.

Language is included under Title I to require the Department of Defense to notify the appropriate committees of Congress of any proposed military exercises under certain circumstances.

Language is included under Title I to allow prior year construction funding to be available for currently authorized projects.

Language is included under Title I to allow payment for the cost associated with supervision, inspection, overhead, engineering and design on family housing or military construction projects that are being completed with expired or lapsed funds.

Language is included under Title I to allow funds to be expended on military construction projects for four fiscal years after enactment under certain circumstances.

Language is included under Title I to allow construction funds to be transferred to Housing Improvement Funds.

Language is included under Title I to allow for the transfer of BRAC funds to the Homeowners Assistance Program.

Language is included under Title I to limit funds for the operation and maintenance of family housing to those provided in this appropriation and to limit amounts expended on repairs of general and flag officer quarters under certain circumstances.

Language is included under Title I to allow funds in the Ford Island Improvement Account to be available until expended for certain purposes.

Language is included under Title I to allow for the transfer of expired funding to the Foreign Currency Fluctuation Account under certain circumstances.

Language is included under Title I to prohibit funds to be used for projects at Arlington Cemetery.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Military Construction, Army.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Military Construction, Air Force.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Military Construction, Army National Guard.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Military Construction, Air National Guard.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Military Construction, Army Reserve.

Language is included under Title I defining the congressional defense committees.

Language is included under Title I directing all amounts appropriated to Military Construction (all accounts) be immediately available and allotted for the full scope of the authorized project.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Military Construction, Army for cost to complete projects.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps for cost to complete projects.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Military Construction, Air Force for cost to complete projects.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Military Construction, Army Reserve for cost to complete projects.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Military Construction, Navy Reserve for cost to complete projects.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Family Housing Construction, Army for cost to complete projects.

Language is included under Title I providing additional funds for Family Housing Operations and Maintenance, Army.

Language is included under title I for child development centers.

Language is included under title I for barracks.

Language is included under title I for Natural Disasters.

Language is included prohibiting funds for construction and planning and design associated with Space Force until completion of site selection reviews.

Language is included under Title II providing for the reimbursement to the Department of Defense for the costs of overseas employee mail.

Language is included under Title II to require that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs establish a priority for treatment of Veterans who are service-connected disabled, lower income, or have special needs.

Language is included under Title II to require that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs give priority funding of basic medical benefits to priority groups 1 through 6.

Language is included under Title II to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to dispense prescription drugs from VHA facilities to enrolled Veterans with privately written prescriptions at no additional cost to the Department.

Language is included under Title II requiring the Secretary to ensure sufficient funding is available for the acquisition of prosthetics designed for women Veterans.

Language is included under Title II requiring sufficient funding is available for prosthetic research specifically for female Veterans and for toxic exposure research.

Language is included under Title II to require approval of a transfer between development projects in the Information Technology Systems account.

Language is included under Title II prohibiting funding in the Veterans Electronic Health Record account from being obligated in a manner inconsistent with deployment schedules.

Language is included under Title II establishing time limitations and reporting requirements concerning the obligation of Major Construction funds, limiting the use of funds, allowing the use of funds for program costs, and allowing for the reimbursement to the “General Administration” account for the salaries and expenses of the Office of Construction and Facilities Management employees.

Language is included under Title II to allow Minor Construction funds to be used to repair non-medical facilities damaged by natural disaster or catastrophe.

Language is included under Title II permitting transfers between mandatory and discretionary accounts, limiting and providing for the use of certain funds, funding administrative expenses associated with life insurance programs from excess program revenues, allowing reimbursement from enhanced-use leases and for certain services, requiring notification of construction bid savings, limiting reprogramming amount of major construction projects, restricting changes in the scope of major construction projects, requiring disclosure of insurance and income information, allowing a recovery audit collection program, allowing Veterans in the State of Alaska to use Indian Health Service facilities under certain conditions, requiring quarterly reports on the Department’s financial status, performance measures, and data, allowing medical services funds for recreational and funeral expenses, and requiring notification of organizational changes that transfer 25 or more employees from one VA organizational unit to another.

Language is included under Title II requiring notification of any single national outreach and awareness marketing campaign in which obligations exceed $1,000,000.

Language is included under Title II requiring the Secretary to maintain certain requirements in operating the toll-free suicide hotline.

Language is included under Title II prohibiting funds from being used in contravention of certain breast cancer screening guidance.

Language is included under Title II to allow covered Veterans and their spouses, under certain conditions, to receive assisted reproductive technology services and adoption reimbursement.

Language is included under Title II pertaining to exceptions for Indian- or Native Hawaiian-owned businesses contracting with the Department.

Language is included under Title II directing the elimination of using Social Security account numbers to identify individuals in all information systems of the Department.

Language is included under Title II pertaining to certification of marriage and family therapists.

Language is included under Title II prohibiting funds from being used to transfer funding from the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund to any other VA account.

Language is included under Title II permitting funds to carry out and expand the child care program.

Language is included under Title II prohibiting funds to enter into an agreement to resolve a dispute or claim with an individual that would restrict the individual from speaking to Members of Congress or their staff.

Language is included under Title II requiring certain data to be included in budget justifications for major construction projects.

Language is included under Title II prohibiting the Inspector General timely access to information.

Language is included under Title II prohibiting funding to be used that would increase wait times for Veterans who seek medical care.

Language is included under Title II prohibiting the use of funds in fiscal year 2022 to convert any program that received specific purpose funding in fiscal year 2021 to a general purpose-funded program.

Language is included under Title II prohibiting the use of dogs or cats as part of the conduct of any study.

Language is included under Title II allowing for funds within the Medical Community Care account to be used for expenses that would have otherwise been payable from the Veterans Choice Fund.

Language is included under Title II allowing for obligations and expenditures applicable to the Medical Services account in fiscal years 2017 through 2019 for aid to state homes to remain in the Medical Community Care account for such fiscal years.

Language is included under Title II providing for a certain amount within the medical care accounts to be made available for gender-specific care for women.

Language is included under Title II establishing a timeline for site preparation in accordance with a lease.

Language is included under Title III United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Salaries and Expenses, to permit the use of funds for a pro bono program.

Language is included under Title III Cemeterial Expenses, Army, Salaries and Expenses, to permit the use of funds for parking maintenance and repairs.

Language is included under Title III Armed Forces Retirement Home to permit payment from the general fund of the Treasury to the Trust Fund.

Language is included under Title III to allow for the use of concession fees.

Language is included under Title IV prohibiting funding beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly so provided.

Language is included under Title IV to limit the use of funds for Federal entities when they are not in compliance with Federal law relating to risk assessment, the protection of private property rights, or unfunded mandates.

Language is included under Title IV providing funding to expand the use of “E Commerce” technologies and procedures.

Language is included under Title IV specifying the Congressional committees that are to receive all reports and notifications.

Language is included under Title IV prohibiting the transfer of funds to any instrumentality of the United States Government without authority from an appropriations Act.

Language is included under Title IV prohibiting the use of funds for a project or program named for an individual serving as a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the United States House of Representatives.

Language is included under Title IV requiring all reports submitted to the Congress to be posted on the official public Website of that agency.

Language is included under Title IV prohibiting funds from being used to maintain or establish a computer network unless such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of pornography.

Language is included under Title IV prohibiting funds from being used to pay for first-class travel in violation of Federal regulations.

Language is included under Title IV prohibiting funds from being used to execute a contract for goods or services where a contractor has not complied with Executive Order 12989.

Language is included under Title IV prohibiting the use of funds in this Act to construct facilities on military installations that do not meet resiliency standards.

Appropriations Not Authorized by Law

Pursuant to clause 3(f)(1)(B) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the following table lists the appropriations in the accompanying bill which are not authorized by law for the period concerned:

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Program Duplication

No provision of this bill establishes or reauthorizes a program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of another Federal program, a program that was included in any report from the Government Accountability Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139, or a program related to a program identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

Committee Hearings

For the purposes of section 103(i) of H. Res. 6 Pursuant to cl. 3(c)(6) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives

The following hearings were used to develop or consider the Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2022:

The Subcommittee on Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on February 16, 2021, entitled “Oversight of Military Privatized Housing“.

The Subcommittee received testimony from:

Mr. Paul Cramer, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment (Installations)

Ms. Elizabeth A. Field, Director, Defense Capabilities Management, Government Accountability Office (GAO)

The Subcommittee on Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on February 19, 2021, entitled “Department of Veterans Affairs COVID 19 Response”.

The Subcommittee received testimony from:

Dr. Richard Stone, Acting Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration accompanied by:

Dr. Kameron L. Matthews, Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Services, Veterans Health Administration

The Subcommittee on Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on March 5, 2021, entitled “Status of Department of Veterans Affairs Infrastructure“.

The Subcommittee received testimony from:

Mr. Tony Costa, Deputy Executive Director, Construction & Facilities Management, Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Edward Litvin, Deputy to the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Administrative Operations, Veterans Health Administration

Mr. Brett Simms, Executive Director, Office of Asset and Enterprise Management, Department of Veterans Affairs

The Subcommittee on Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on March 9, 2021, entitled “Challenges Facing Veterans in Accessing Fertility Services”.

The Subcommittee received testimony from:

Ms. Barbara Collura, President CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association Ms. Maureen Elias, Associate Legislative Director of Government Relations, Paralyzed Veterans of America

The Subcommittee on Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on March 12, 2021, entitled “VA Specialty Healthcare: Oversight of Women’s Health, Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention, Whole Health and Homelessness”.

The Subcommittee received testimony from:

Dr. David Carroll, Executive Director, Mental Health Operations, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Laura Duke, Chief Financial Officer, Veterans Health Administration

Dr. Patricia M. Hayes, Chief Consultant, Women’s Health Services, Veterans Health Administration

Dr. Kameron L. Matthews, Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Services, Veterans Health Administration

The Subcommittee on Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on March 24, 2021, entitled “Remediation and Impact of PFAS”.

The Subcommittee received testimony from:

Mr. Mark Correll, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Air Force (Environment, Safety and Infrastructure)

Mr. Paul Cramer, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment (Installations), Department of Defense

Dr. Patricia R. Hastings, Chief Consultant, Post Deployment Health Services, Veterans Health Administration

Dr. Terry Rauch, Director of Medical Research and Development, Department of Defense

Ms. Erin Brockovich, Environmental Activist, Consumer Advocate, and President of Brockovich Research and Consulting

Dr. Jamie DeWitt, Associate Professor, East Carolina University, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Brody School of Medicine

The Subcommittee on Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on April 15, 2021, entitled “FY 2022 Budget Hearing: Department of Veterans Affairs“.

The Subcommittee received testimony from:

The Honorable Denis R. McDonough, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs, accompanied by:

Mr. Jon Rychalski, Assistant Secretary for Management and Chief Financial Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs Master

Chief Petty Officer Russell Smith, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Vice Admiral Ricky Williamson, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics

The Subcommittee on Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on May 18, 2021, entitled “Air Force Quality of Life and Installations Update”.

The Subcommittee received testimony from:

Chief Master Sergeant Joanne Bass, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

Brigadier General William Kale, Air Force Director of Civil Engineers

Ms. Jennifer Miller, Acting Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy

Chief Master Sergeant Roger Towberman, Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force

The Subcommittee on Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on May 20, 2021, entitled “Member Day”.

The Subcommittee received testimony from:

The Honorable Veronica Escobar, Member of Congress

The Honorable Richard Hudson, Member of Congress

The Subcommittee on Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on May 24, 2021, entitled “Army Quality of Life and Installations Update”. The Subcommittee received testimony from:

Lieutenant General Jason T. Evans, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G9 Sergeant Major Michael A. Grinston, Sergeant Major of the Army Mr. J.E. “Jack” Surash, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment

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BUDGETARY IMPACT OF THE FY 2022 MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS BILL PREPARED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE PURSUANT TO SEC. 308(A), PUBLIC LAW 93-344, AS AMENDED

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COMPARISON WITH BUDGET RESOLUTION

Section 308(a)(1)(A) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 requires the report accompanying a bill providing new budget authority to contain a statement comparing the levels in the bill to the suballocations submitted under section 302(b) of the Act for the most recently agreed to concurrent resolution on the budget for the applicable fiscal year.

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FIVE-YEAR OUTLAY PROJECTIONS

In compliance with section 308(a)(1)(B) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the following table contains five-year projections associated with the budget authority provided in the accompanying bill.

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

In accordance with section 308(a)(1)(C) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Congressional Budget Office has provided the following estimates of new budget authority and outlays provided by the accompanying bill for financial assistance to State and local governments.

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MINORITY VIEWS

The Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2022, includes funding for Veterans programs, military construction projects, military family housing, and the Southern Expansion project at Arlington National Cemetery.

We strongly support the funding provided for child development centers and barracks projects. We also note with appreciation the funding for many important military construction, resilience, and environmental remediation projects, including for PFAS contamination cleanup at closed military installations.

We support the funding provided for Veterans’ programs, especially for mental health, suicide prevention, homelessness, gender-specific care for women veterans, and research. We also support the funding for the Electronic Health Record Modernization Initiative and the strong oversight mechanisms included in bill and report language.

We are concerned the bill does not include previously enacted provisions regarding the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and the use of military construction funds to build or renovate a facility on U.S. soil to house detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay. In various forms, these provisions have been included in the bill since December 2009. We believe these provisions provide protections to the American people and support our national security interests in the Caribbean and Latin America.

We also are concerned that the funding in the bill is not part of a framework that appropriately and adequately allocates funds between defense and non-defense program. No one wants the important programs for Servicemembers, their families, and veterans to be held up by larger funding debates.

Despite our concerns, we appreciate the Majority’s willingness to address Member priorities in the bill and report. The Subcommittee has a long-standing tradition of bipartisanship, and we will continue to work in good faith with our colleagues as we proceed through the appropriations process. By working together, we can best address the needs of our Nation’s military and its Veterans and reach an agreement on funding for the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies for fiscal year 2022.

Kay Granger

John R. Carter

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The full report can be viewed at https://www.congress.gov/congressional-report/117th-congress/house-report/81/1?s=3&r=30

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