Alexander Votes to Fund a New Middle School, Vehicle Maintenance Shop, Special Operations Training Facilities at Fort Campbell

Posted on June 7, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 7, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill that includes funding for five military construction projects in Tennessee.

“In March, I voted for an appropriations bill that gave the largest year-to-year increase in military funding in 15 years. This appropriations bill continues that process by investing in the 2.3 million men and women serving in the Armed Forces and continues to care for our nation’s 20 million veterans. It also builds on the record funding Congress provided and President Trump signed into law earlier this year.”

Alexander continued: “This year’s funding legislation provides $97.1 billion to support military construction projects across the country – including $114.3 million for five construction projects in Tennessee. The funding in this bill will finish the construction of the new Vehicle Maintenance Shop, begin construction on a new middle school, and support two Special Operations training facilities, and construct a new medical support operations center at Fort Campbell. This bill also provides $20 million to continue an existing Department of Energy and Veterans Affairs program that allows the use of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s supercomputer capabilities to provide better care for our veterans.”

The Fiscal Year 2019 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill provides: 

  • $114.3 million for five military construction projects in Tennessee that were included in the Administration’s FY19 budget request: 
     
    • Construction of a new Vehicle Maintenance Shop, Fort Campbell
    • Construction of a new Middle School in Fort Campbell
    • Construction of a new Special Operations Air & Ground Integrated Firing Range Facility
    • Construction of Logistics Support Operations Facility
    • Construction of a new Multi-use Helicopter Training Facility
  • $150 million for the construction of state veteran’s homes, which is equal to the President’s budget request and $40 million above FY2018.  
  • $27 million to expand the Department of Energy and Veterans Affairs Administration’ cohort CHAMP-MVP, which leverages the high-performance computers in our national labs to provide better care for our nation’s veterans.
  • $3 billion to hire staff to reduce the wait time and backlog of disability appeals.
  • $109.1 billion in mandatory funding for veteran disability compensation programs that benefit 4.9 million veterans and 432,000 surviving spouses, provide education benefits to nearly one million veterans, guarantee home loans for nearly 519,000 veterans, and employment training for more than 149,00 veterans.

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which is consistent with the spending limits included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 approved by Congress, and signed by President Trump, in February. The legislation is now ready for consideration by the full Senate. 

 

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