Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young voted in support of H.R. 5895 the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19).
“This legislation will guarantee funding for many important programs in Alaska,” said Congressman Young. “This bill provides support for our national security through crucial investments to rebuild our military which we will see at Fort Greely and JBER. This bill also prioritizes our veterans by providing the highest dollar amount for the VA so those who have served this country can receive the care they deserve and this investment is crucial for rural Alaskan veterans. With this legislation, Congress is also making a significant investment in our water infrastructure and energy infrastructure security. There are funds allocated to improve ports and waterways across the country, which we know is crucial to the Alaskan economy. I am proud to see this bill go to the President’s desk.”
H.R. 5895 passed out of the House by a vote of 377-20. The passage of this bill signifies the first time in over a decade that Congress has sent more than one Appropriations bill to the President’s desk before the end of the fiscal year.
This bill provides funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, the Legislative Branch, the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction and family housing for the Department of Defense, and other related agencies.
Alaska Specific Provisions
· $15 million for the Denali Commission.
· $1.55 billion for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.
· $2.4 billion for the Department of Energy to use for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
· $70 million for Water Power Technologies programs and $230 million for Weatherization Activities through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
· $8 million for the Fort Greely missile field 1 expansion.
· $14 million for Operations Facility Replacement at JBER.
· $27 million for a U.S. Property and Fiscal Office at JBER.
· $174 million for Clear Air Force Station for the Long Range Discrimination Radar System Complex Phase 2.
· $63.8 million for Eielson Air Force Base to invest in F-35 maintenance and other projects.
· $270 million for rural health initiatives for veterans to provide access and quality care to veterans – programs such as home-based primary care, rural community based outpatient clinics and transportation.
· $8.6 billion for VA mental health programs which includes funding for suicide prevention outreach.
· Retains the freeze on pay raises for Members of Congress.