Hurd Secures Big Wins in 2020 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilConVA) adopted their 2020 funding bill, which funds Department of Defense military and family housing construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs and other related agencies. U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23), who serves on the Subcommittee, fought hard to secure $243.3 million in critical military construction projects for Joint Base San Antonio, including:
- $110 million for a basic military training recruit dormitory at Lackland Air Force Base, the final stage of a new complex for basic military training cadets;
- $69 million for a special warfare aquatics training tank at Lackland Air Force Base that will support the training of over 3,000 Air Force special forces trainees each year;
- $36 million for a facility for the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base;
- $19 million for a maintenance training facility at Randolph Air Force Base; and,
- $9.3 million for a training simulator facility at Randolph Air Force Base.
Hurd will announce additional wins for TX-23’s military bases when the Appropriations Committee releases its full report next week.
Hurd also made sure that funding for important priorities for our national defense and veterans were included in the bill, such as:
- $1.5 billion for construction, operation and maintenance for the families that make our country a better place, including $140 million in additional funds to help address critical health issues in military family housing;
- $1.6 billion for the electronic health record program, an initiative championed by Rep. Hurd for years that will create a single health record that follows a soldier during their military service and at the VA; and,
- $172 million for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program to ensure the U.S. and our NATO allies are prepared to deter Russian aggression.
“This bipartisan funding bill funds critical national security priorities in TX-23 and keeps the promises we have made to our troops and veterans,” said Hurd, who represents over 4,600 active-duty military and 45,000 military veterans across South and West Texas. “I am proud to be able to deliver on these important projects for our military and veterans to ensure that our troops are prepared for 21st century threats and veterans receive the quality health care they have earned.”
“This is great news for Joint Base San Antonio and our City. Funding of these infrastructure projects will ensure that the military missions performed by the military and civilian members of Joint Base San Antonio---remain and grow in the Alamo region. We consider it a privilege to host the military in our City and will continue to advocate on their behalf as they perform missions essential to national defense,” said Maj. Gen. Juan G. Ayala, USMC (Ret.), City of San Antonio Office of Military and Veterans Affairs Director.
While this bill still has a long way to go before being signed into law, securing these critical projects in the base text of the bill is a critically important step to ensure that San Antonio and all of our nation’s veterans receive the funding they deserve.