H.R. 3219, Make America Secure Appropriations Act
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, under a structured rule. A second structured rule was issued, making additional amendments to the bill in order. H.R. 3219 was introduced on July 13, 2017, by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) and was referred to the Committee on Appropriations, which ordered the original measure, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, reported on June 29, 2017 by voice vote. The Rules Committee Print will include the text of H.R. 3219 (Defense), H.R. 3162 (Legislative Branch), H.R. 2998 (Military Construction, Veterans Affairs), and H.R. 3266 (Energy and Water).
H.R. 3219 includes funding provisions from four individual appropriations bills – Defense, Legislative Branch, Military Construction/Veterans Affairs, and Energy and Water – and an amendment that will be added to fully fund the President’s request for the border wall.
The major provisions of the bill are as follows:
Division A – Defense
Division A provides $658.1 billion for the Department of Defense, which includes $73.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). These funds are consistent with the House-passed Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act and the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution ($621.5 billion in base defense spending and $74.6 billion in defense OCO).
The legislation includes $138.3 billion to provide for 1,324,000 active-duty troops and 822,900 Guard and Reserve troops, as well as $1 billion for additional end strength, and fully funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for the military.
There is $241 billion for operation and maintenance, supporting key readiness programs to prepare troops for combat and peacetime missions, provide flight time and battle training, and provide needed equipment maintenance. Further, the bill provides $84.3 billion for the research, development, testing, and evaluation of new defense technologies. This specifically will support research and development of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, space security programs, the new Air Force bomber program, a next -generation JSTARS aircraft, the Ohio-class submarine replacement, Future Vertical Lift, the Israeli Cooperative Programs, and other initiatives within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The bill provides $149 billion for equipment and upgrades, which include:
- $21.5 billion to procure 11 Navy ships, including one carrier replacement, 2 DDG-51 guided missile destroyers, 2 Virginia-class submarines, and 3 Littoral Combat Ships;
- $9.5 billion for 84 F-35 aircraft;
- $1.8 billion for 24 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft
- $1.05 billion for 56 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters;
- $117.5 million for 12 MQ-1 Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles;
- $1.2 billion for 7 P-8A Poseidon aircraft;
- $2.4 billion for 15 KC-46 tanker aircraft;
- $348 million for 116 Stryker Double V-Hill upgrades;
- $1.09 billion for the upgrade of 85 Abrams tanks;
- $483 million for the upgrade of 145 Bradley fighting vehicles;
- $332 million for the Israeli Cooperative Programs;
- $298 million for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle;
- $100 million for National Guard High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle recapitalization; and
- $1 billion for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account
In the case of Defense Health and Military Family Programs, the bill contains $34.3 billion for the Defense Health Program to provide care for our troops, military families, and retirees. Specifically, the bill provides $282 million for cancer research, $125 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health research, and $296 million for sexual assault prevention and response.
The bill reflects savings which includes $1 billion from lower-than-expected fuel costs, $345 million from favorable economic conditions, and $1.5 billion from rescissions of unused prior-year funding.
Division B – Legislative Branch
Division B provides $3.58 billion for the Legislative Branch, excluding Senate items which are traditionally left to the Senate to determine. Within the $1.194 billion provided for House operations is additional funding for Member security and cybersecurity enhancements.
The bill includes $422.5 million for the Capitol Police, a $29.2 million increase above Fiscal Year 2017. This funding level will provide the necessary resources for the Capitol Police to hire additional officers for the newly acquired O’Neill House Office Building and the Rayburn garage security initiative, as well as $7.5 million for an increased security posture.
The Architect of the Capitol is funded at $581 million excluding Senate items. Major projects include restoration and renovation of the Cannon House Office Building, the Rayburn House Office Building Garage Rehabilitation project, an upgraded cooling tower at the Capitol Power Plant, new book collection storage module for the Library of Congress and funds for the House Historic Buildings Revitalization Fund.
The Library of Congress is funded at $648 million and provides for IT improvements Library-wide, the Government Accountability Office is provided $544 million, the Government Publishing Office is provided $117 million, and the Open World Leadership Center is funded at $5.6 million.
The legislation freezes pay for Members of Congress, preventing any pay increases in Fiscal Year 2018.
Division C – Military Construction / Veterans Affairs
Division C provides a total of $88.8 billion in funding to house, train, and equip troops and provide care for our veterans, which includes $638 million in OCO funding, and is $6 billion above Fiscal Year 2017 and $613 million below the President’s budget request.
The legislation strengthens oversight and accountability at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used to fully benefit our service members and our veterans. This includes rigorous reporting on the status of VA claims processing, requiring large construction projects to be managed outside of the VA, limiting transfers between construction projects, restricting certain spending actions without notification to Congress, and fencing funding for the electronic health record until the VA meets extensive data requirements.
The bill provides a total of $10.2 billion for 220 military construction projects including operational facilities, training facilities, hospitals, family housing, National Guard readiness centers, barracks, and overseas contingency operations construction. This includes $1.4 billion for military family housing, $737 million for medical facilities, $249 million for Department of Defense education facilities, $575 million for Guard and Reserve facilities in 22 states, and $178 million for the NATO Security Investment Program.
The legislation continues to prohibit the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station and prohibit funding for any facility within the U.S. to house detainees.
Further, the bill includes a total of $182.3 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding for the VA to address problems currently facing the VA and provide for better and increased access to care for our veterans. Discretionary funding alone is $78.3 billion – a 5 percent increase above Fiscal Year 2017 levels – and the highest level of funding ever for the VA. That includes $69 billion for VA medical care for more than 7 million patients and addresses mental health, suicide prevention, traumatic brain injury, homeless veterans, hepatitis C treatment, opioid abuse prevention, and rural health initiatives.
Approximately $65 million is dedicated to the acquisition of a new VA electronic record system using the same software as the DOD system, ensuring interoperability. Additional funding is provided to reduce the disability claims processing backlog.
Both major and minor construction of VA facilities is funded at $753 million.
Division D – Energy and Water
The bill provides a total of $37.56 billion for nuclear weapons activities and energy and water infrastructure investments. This includes $13.9 billion for the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons security programs. That covers $10.24 billion for Weapons Activities, $1.486 billion for Naval Nuclear Reactors, and $1.83 billion for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.
The Army Corps of Engineers is funded at $6.16 billion to fund activities with an impact on public safety, job creation, and economic growth, including $2.8 billion for navigation projects and studies and $1.8 billion to support public health and safety through flooding and storm damage projects.
The bill includes $6.4 billion for environmental management activities to safely clean sites contaminated by previous nuclear weapons production.
The Department of Energy is funded at $9.6 billion and prioritizes the research and development needed to ensure resilient, reliable, and affordable energy. The bill includes $5.4 billion for science research.
The Bureau of Reclamation is provided $1.23 billion. The bill includes $150 million to support efforts surrounding the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
The bill will include $1.57 billion for physical barrier construction along the Southern border. This includes $784 million for 32 miles of new border fencing in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, $498 million for 28 miles of new levee wall in the Rio Grande Valley, $251 million for 14 miles of secondary fencing in San Diego, California, and $38 million for program planning and management.
In addition, the Rules Committee Print strikes section 9021 of the Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, addressing a new Authorization for Use of Military Force and replaces it with language that requires the President to submit a report to Congress on the U.S. strategy to defeat al-Qaeda, the Taliban, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and their associated forces, which is identical to language passed by the House as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, 2018.
The House Appropriations Committee passed each of the 12 Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bills out of subcommittee and full committee. In May of 2017, the House passed the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017. Funds provided under this Act expire September 30, 2017.
According to the Chairman, “The highest priority of Congress is to ensure the safety and security of our nation and to guarantee the future of our great democracy - this critical national security legislation needs to head to the floor. All of our Appropriations bills contain important funding for essential programs that serve the American people. I am committed to getting these security bills, as well as every single one of the remaining eight Appropriations bills, through the legislative process and to the President’s desk.”
Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) – This amendment increases funding for the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
- Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) – This amendment expands the permissible uses of MRA funds that have been designated for Member security to include residential security systems that do not constitute structural improvements to Members’ homes.
- Rep. Daniel Kildee (D-MI) – This amendment increases the House Wounded Warrior Program by $250,000. This program provides wounded veterans with employment opportunities with the House of Representatives.
- Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) – This amendment reduces the appropriation to the Congressional Budget Office.
- Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) – This amendment eliminates the Budget Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office and transfers the duties of that division to the Office of the Director of CBO.
- Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) – This amendment increases funds in order to provide designated baby changing stations for members of the public who visit publicly accessible buildings controlled by the Architect of the Capitol, including in both male and female publicly accessible bathrooms.
- Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) – This amendment appropriates $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), offset from funds from the Architect of the Capitol’s Capital Construction and Operations Account.
- Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) – This amendment prohibits the use of funds from Members Representational Allowances to mail any unsolicited mass mailing larger than the size of a standard US postcard.
- Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) – This amendment prohibits the printed distribution of the Federal Register to House offices, unless an office requests a printed copy.
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) – This amendment provides for a one percent across the board cut to the bill’s spending levels. Accounts for the Capitol Police; Architect of the Capitol-Capitol Police Buildings, Grounds and Security; and Office of the Sergeant At Arms shall not be reduced.
- Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) – This amendment reduces the Veterans Benefits Administration’s General Operating Expenses account by $30,000,000 and increases the Information Technology Systems Development, Modernization, and Enhancement account by the Same amount.
- Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) – This amendment transfers $5 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs General Administration account to the VA’s Equine Assisted Therapy Grant Program.
- Rep. Al Green (D-TX) – This amendment increases Homeless Veteran Treatment by $70 million, and decreases General expenses account by $70 million.
- Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) – This amendment cuts and restores funding for medical services in the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to emphasize the responsibility of the Department Veterans Affairs to provide services to veterans and maintain health care clinics in rural communities.
- Rep. Donald Beyer (D-VA) – This amendment requires Vet Centers develop a program to partner with organizations that provide outdoor experiences for veterans as part of a continuum of care that helps support veterans in developing a community of support to treat combat-related injuries.
- Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) – This amendment prioritizes funding for hiring more doctors, nurses, and medical staff at VA medical centers.
- Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) – This amendment specifies $5 million of funds for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders(PTSD) research for the purpose of studying the issues affecting veterans with PTSD and an opioid dependency.
- Rep. William Keating (D-MA) – This amendment directs the VA to create an opioid abuse healthcare kit for community healthcare providers.
- Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) – This amendment strikes Section 512 which prohibits DOD from constructing or expanding facilities in the US to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay.
- Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) – This amendment prohibits funds from being used to propose, plan, or execute a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).
- Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) – This amendment prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs from spending money on a study that causes significant pain or distress to dogs. Clarifies that training programs or studies of service dogs are not included in the ban on funding.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment increases the amount of funding for Supportive Services for Veterans Families by $2 million offset by a reduction of a $2.5 million in the funding for the VA's Information Technology Systems.
- Rep. Steve King (R-IA) – This amendment ensures that no funds are used to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis-Bacon Act.
- Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) – This amendment prohibits funding to award bonuses to senior executive service employees within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment prohibits the use of funds in contravention of the U.S. Code regarding benefits for homeless veterans in training and outreach programs.
- Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) – This amendment prohibits the use of funds for charging homeless veterans a fee to obtain a veterans identification card.
- Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) – This amendment increases the Investigations account under the Army Corps of Engineers by $1,000,000 and reduces Army Corps Expenses by the same amount.
- Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) – This amendment changes the number of studies from 5 to 4 where the majority of the benefits are derived from navigation transportation savings or from flood and storm damage reduction and change the number of studies from 1 to 2 where the majority of benefits are derived from environmental restoration.
- Rep. Ben Lujan (D-NM) – This amendment provides $10 million for environmental infrastructure for authorized reimbursements for projects with executed project cooperation agreements that have completed construction or where non-federal sponsors intend to use the funds for additional water resources development activities.
- Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) – This amendment funds the following projects at the authorized level of $10M: section 1177 of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (PL 114-322) authorized efforts to construct control gates, spillways, and dam safety improvements for aging flood control reservoirs built by the Army Corps of Engineers.
- Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) – This amendment reduces the Energy Information Administration by $118,000,000 and increase the Corps of Engineers Construction account by the same amount.
- Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) – This amendment increases Aquatic Plant Control Research Program by $500,000.00 and aims to (1) provide science-based guidance on developing or using new technologies for managing, preventing, and monitoring aquatic invasive species; (2) improve the efficacy and diversity of available management options; (3) reduce the impacts of aquatic invasive species on federally listed (threatened and endangered) species; (4) reduce operations and maintenance costs associated with aquatic invasive species management; and (5) develop solutions regarding these species based on field needs.
- Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) – This amendment increases funding within the Construction account for Army Corps Environmental Infrastructure by $45,000,000 and decreases the Construction account by $45,000,000.
- Rep. Richard Nolan (D-MI) – This amendment increases the Army Corps’ Operation and Maintenance budget by $325,000 with the intention to provide more funding for the Aquatic Nuisance Control Research program currently funded at $675,000.
- Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) – This amendment provides funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on the extent to which the agency has used low impact development to comply with Sec. 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-140).
- Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) – This amendment reduces by 10% the general administrative expense accounts of the USACE, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Department of the Interior, and Department of Energy. Transfers the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.
- Rep. Donald Beyer (D-VA) – This amendment strikes section 108 on page 277, line 12, which authorizes the Administrator of the EPA and the Secretary of the Army to withdraw the WOTUS rule without regard to any provision of statue or regulation that establishes a requirement for such withdrawal.
- Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) – This amendment increases funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $177,000,000 and reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $355,000,000.
- Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) – This amendment adds $161.725 million to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for research and development to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
- Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) – This amendment cuts $921 million from the Department of Energy nuclear weapons activities account and add $921 million to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE).
- Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) – This amendment increases funds for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $986,292,000 (to FY17 level) and decrease funds for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $634,600,000 and reduce the National Nuclear Security Administration Weapons Activities account by $352,000,000.
- Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) – This amendment increases fossil energy funding to 2017 funding levels.
- Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) – This amendment increases funding for EERE by $15,000,000 and decreases funding for Department of Energy departmental administration by $15,000,000.
- Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) – This amendment increases funding to the Advanced Manufacturing Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $20 million by cutting $40 million from the Fossil Energy Research and Development. Additional funding will enable the research, development, and deployment of industrial efficiency and clean energy manufacturing technologies.
- Rep. John Larson (D-CT) – This amendment Increases funding for EERE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies program.
- Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) – This amendment increases funding for the water power program by $9 million.
- Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) – This amendment restores the Energy Innovation Hubs in the Office of Science, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Nuclear Energy.
- Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) – This amendment restores $1.2 million in funding for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment redirects $1 million in funding within the Departmental Administration account in order to address environmental concerns in both urban and rural settings.
- Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) – This amendment prioritizes funding for the construction of facilities that NNSA needs to meet its mission.
- Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) – This amendment reduces the NNSA Weapons Account by $10,000,000 and increases the account by the same amount, to be used to fight bioterror.
- Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) – This amendment reduces the Weapons Activities—Recapitalization—Infrastructure to the President’s Budget level and increases the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account by the same amount.
- Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) – This amendment transfers to the Spending Reduction Account funding for Department of Energy disposal of defense nuclear waste, including acquisition of real property or facility construction/expansion.
- Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) – This amendment strikes section 505 on page 325 that pertains to National Ocean Policy and Ocean Planning.
- Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) – This amendment strikes language that would prohibit closure of the Yucca Mountain project.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment allocates an additional $3 million for post-disaster watershed assessment studies.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment allocates an additional $100 million for Army Corps of Engineers construction projects related to flood control.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment prohibits use of funds in contravention of the Department of Energy Organization Act and addresses the need to increase programs that educate minorities in science, technology, engineering and math.
- Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) – This amendment prohibits the use of funds to prepare, propose, or promulgate any regulation or guidance related to the social cost of carbon.
- Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) – This amendment ensures the Army Corps of Engineers is using taxpayer dollars on American-made anchor chain.
- Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) – This amendment states that limitation amendment pertaining to lightbulb energy efficiency regulations.
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) – This amendment provides for a one percent across the board cut to the discretionary spending levels in Division D of the bill.
- Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) – This amendment prohibits the use of funds to implement or enforce the final rule published by the Secretary of Energy entitled "Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps."
- Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) – This amendment prohibits the use of funds to be used to implement, administer, or enforce the prevailing wage requirements in subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Davis-Bacon Act).
- Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) – This amendment prohibits the use of funds to be used to implement or enforce Executive Order 13502 (Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects).
- Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) – This amendment states that none of the funds made available by this division may be used for the Cape Wind Energy Project on the Outer Continental Shelf off Massachusetts, Nantucket Sound.
- Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) – This amendment provides $10,000,000 for ‘‘Department of Energy—Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’’ for energy storage systems demonstrations as authorized by section 641 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and decreases The Department of Energy-Departmental Administration by the same amount.
- Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) – This amendment states none of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of section 2102 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 or section 210 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986.
- Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) – This amendment makes no funds available to the Army Corps of Engineers (Civil Works) to require an economic re-evaluation of any project authorized under title VIII of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007.
- Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) – This amendment ensures none of the funds in this act are used to delay the release of the USACE Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Brand Road Study.
- Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) – This amendment states that no funds in this bill may be used to implement the President's Executive Order on expedited environmental review for infrastructure projects from January 24, 2017.
- Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – This amendment prohibits funds from being used to pay the salary of the Director of Civil Works of the Army Corps of Engineers, which is a duplicative office.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment allocates $2 million to provide the Secretary of Defense the flexibility needed for technical assistance by U.S. military women to military women in other countries combating violence as a weapon of war, terrorism, human trafficking, narcotics trafficking.
- Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) – This amendment increases Research, Developments, Test and Evaluation, Air Force, by $5 million in order to continue funding for a commercial weather data pilot program. Reduces Operation and Maintenance, Army, by the same amount.
- Rep. Alan Lowenthal (R-CA) – This amendment increases the STARBASE fifth grade youth STEM education program found in Operations and Maintenance, Defense-Wise, Civil Military Programs by $5 million, and to reduce Operations and Maintenance, Army, Other Servicewide Activities by the offsetting amount.
- Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) – This amendment increases Air Force RDT&E funding to support qualification testing for next generation strategically radiation hardened microelectronic processors by reducing the Operation and Maintenance, Army account.
- Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) – This amendment increases Navy RTD&E funds for Cost-Effective Management of Environmental Regulatory Requirements to FY17 appropriated level.
- Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) – This amendment provides the Department of Defense funding for a health impact study on perfluorinated chemicals, such as PFOA/PFOS, which were used by the military and have contaminated drinking water sources on and near military bases across the country.
- Rep. Patrick Meehan (D-PA) – This amendment decreases the Operation and Maintenance, Defense Wise account and increases the Environmental Restoration, Defense-Wise by $10 million to allocate funds for the Secretary of Defense to enter into intergovernmental agreements to provide health screenings in communities near formerly used defense sites that have been exposed to perfuorooctanesuflonic acid and perflurooctanoic acid.
- Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) – This amendment supports the reinvigoration of the DOD Cyber Scholarship Program.
- Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) – This amendment allocates $100,000 in Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide for the purposes of creating a commendation program for military working dogs and their handlers.
- Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-NY) – This amendment increases Environment Restoration, Navy funding by $34,734,000 and decreases Operations and Maintenance, Defense-Wide by $34,734,000.
- Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) – This amendment ensures that funding for the National Guard Youth Challenge Program and STARBASE is $194,897 million ($169,897 million for Youth ChalleNGe) and $15 million for STARBASE).
- Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) – This amendment increases by $30 million each the Navy Environmental Restoration Account and the Air Force Environmental Restoration Account for the purpose of remediating perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) drinking water contamination and outreach and engagement with local communities with impacted drinking water systems.
- Rep. Glen Grothman (R-WI) – This amendment shifts $26.2M from defense-wide operation and maintenance to support MK-48 torpedo procurement.
- Rep Mike Gallagher (R-WI) – This amendment shifts $26.2M from defense-wide operation and maintenance to support MK-48 torpedo procurement.
- Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) – This amendment increases funding for the Marine Corps Procurement by $20M, offset by a $20 million reduction to the O and M, Defense-Wide account to support installation of broadband Satellite communications tech for the Marine Corps MV-22s, under the NOTM-Airborne program.
- Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) – This amendment increases funding for Army missile technology by $6,000,000 offset by an equal decrease in Defense-wide operations and maintenance.
- Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) – This amendment increases funding for the medical technology account within the Department of Defense.
- Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) – This amendment provides $20 million to support Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) derived technology for undersea warfare, offset with commensurate funds from the Operation and Maintenance Account, Defense-Wide.
- Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) – This amendment increases funding for the Gulf War illness research under the Defense Health Program by $1 million.
- Rep Darren Soto (D-FL) – This amendment increases funding for prostate cancer research under the Defense Health Program by $10 million.
- Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) – This amendment increases funding for a program to award competitive grants to nonprofit organizations to assist such organization in the planning, designing, establishing, or operating of programs to provide service dogs to covered members and veterans.
- Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) – This amendment provides an additional $2 million for the Department of Defense’s Lung Cancer Research Program and decreases the Operation and Maintenance, Defense-wide account by the same amount.
- Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) – This amendment provides for an additional $5 million for the Fisher House Foundation which is offset by an outlay neutral reduction in the Operation and Maintenance, Defense-wide account.
- Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) – This amendment adds $16 million to Aircraft Procurement, Air Force account.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment reduces funding for Procurement, Defense-Wide, by $10 million and increases funding for Defense Health Programs by a similar amount in order to address breast cancer research.
- Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) – This amendment ensures the Secretary is able to use restoration funds for missile defense requirements resulting from urgent or emergent operational needs.
- Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) – This amendment cuts and restores $6 million of existing funds in order to emphasize the responsibility of the Department of Defense to develop low temperature cascade heat pump and product development for advanced environmental control systems.
- Rep. Scott Paulsen (R-MN) – This amendment increases funding for Army Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation to assist the Army in qualifying new medium caliber ammunition rounds.
- Rep. Tom Emmer (D-MN) – This amendment allocates an increase of $5 million to Army RDT&E Environmental Quality and Technology for Explosive Ordinance Disposal in cooperation with the Navy for the additional targeted research to demonstrate technology capable of both remotely defeating mines threatening our Naval forces, and remotely demilitarizing underwater munitions without damaging critical habitat.
- Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) – This amendment supports the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program for environmental and mission resiliency purposes.
- Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) – This amendment reduces the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force account by $30 million and increases the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force to accelerate deployment of Air Force Major Range Test Facility Base (MRTFB) open-air range capabilities in the Eastern Gulf.
- Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) – This amendment provides $10 million for the purposes of carrying out a GPS backup technology demonstration.
- Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) – This amendment supports the Missile Defense Agency’s R&D efforts for directed energy solution for boost phase missile defense.
- Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) – This amendment seeks a funding increase of $4.135 milllion to Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions with a corresponding decrease of the same amount to Advanced Innovative Analysis and Concepts, in the Research, Development, Test & Eval, Defense-Wide section.
- Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) – This amendment specifies that $25 million appropriated for Defense Health Program research, development, test and evaluation may be used to award grants to medical researchers and universities to support research into early detenction of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
- Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) – This amendment amends Section 8010 to provide multiyear authority for up to 13 Virginia class submarines.
- Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-MS) – This amendment strikes the limitation on a DDG-51 multiyear procurement authority of “up to 10”.
- Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) – This amendment strikes sections 8094 and 8095 relating to the release or transfer detainees currently held a Guantanamo Bay to secure facilities in the United States and allows for funding to construct, acquire, or modify domestic facilities to host these relocated detainees.
- Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) – This amendment reduces the funds available in the “Operations and Maintenance, Defense-Wide” account by $200 million.
- Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) – This amendment prohibits funds from being used to procure additional uniforms for the Afghan National Army.
- Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) – This amendment reduces the total amount appropriated by 1%, excluding military personnel and the Defense Health Program account.
- Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) – This amendment prohibits the use of funds to develop a space-based ballistic missile intercept layer.
- Rep. Matt Cartwright (R-PA) – This amendment prohibits the use of funds be used to plan for, begin, continue, complete, process, or approve a public-private competition to determine whether Federal civilian jobs should be outsourced.
- Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) – This amendment prohibits funds from being used for the closure of a BSL4 laboratory.
- Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) – This amendment prohibits use of funds with respect to military action in Yemen to the extent that such action is inconsistent with the War Powers Resolution.
- Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) – This amendment states none of the funds made available by this Act may be used to provide arms, training, or other assistance to the Azov Battalion.
- Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – This amendment prohibits funds from being used to purchase heavy water from Iran.
- Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – This amendment prohibits funds from being used to pay any salaries or expenses of the office or position of the Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure or the Principal Director, Detainee Policy.
- Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) – This amendment increases the Sexual Assault Special Victims’ Counsel Program by $10M.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment reduces funding for Operation and Maintenance-Defense Wise, by $6.25 million and increases fudning for Defense Health Care for PTSD by $5 million.
- Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) – This amendment supports the Manufacturing Technology Program’s initiative to facilitate partnerships to support enhanced manufacturing capabilities for undersea vehicles.
- Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) – This amendment supports the next phase of electromagnetic railgun development to bring the system closer to successful installation within the fleet.
- Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) – This amendment provides an additional $6 million for the Army, Research, Development Test and Evaluation account to support the United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and decreases the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund by $12 million.
- Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) – This amendment increases funding for the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program by $10 million, offset by a $10 million decrease to Operation and Maintenance, Defense-wide.
The bill appropriates $789.65 billion for defense, legislative branch, military construction/veterans affairs, and energy and water during Fiscal Year 2018.
For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 2-1374.
 See Committee on Appropriations Press Release, July 18, 2017.