Alexander Says Senate Democrats, Playing Politics, Block Veterans Funding Bill

Legislation would have funded important military construction projects across the country, including at Ft. Campbell

Posted on October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 1 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Senate Democrats prevented the Senate from voting on an appropriations bill that would have funded veterans programs, including veterans medical services, as well as military construction.

“There’s no reason other than to play politics for Senate Democrats to block what has always been a bipartisan bill to fund our veterans’ needs and important military construction projects across the country. It’s time for Senate Democrats to let the Senate do what it’s supposed to do—debate and amend the 12 appropriations bills so we can set spending priorities instead of moving from one short-term funding bill to another,” Alexander said.

The Fiscal Year 2016 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this year and would provide:

  • $77.6 billion in funding for military construction and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • $94.5 billion in funding for veteran compensation programs and pensions
  • $8 billion for military construction and family housing
  • $12.5 million for the U.S. Special Operations Forces Company Headquarters and new classrooms at Ft. Campbell

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