Congressman Tim Ryan Votes in Support of FY2021 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Funding Bill | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Votes in Support of FY2021 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Funding Bill

July 9, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in support of the FY2021 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MIL-CON VA) Funding Bill. Ryan is a member of the House Appropriations MIL-CON VA Subcommittee. The legislation supports our military personnel, bolsters resources for military families, and provides robust funding for veterans’ benefits, healthcare, and other programs.

In total, the bill provides $250.9 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding, an increase of $15.2 billion above the fiscal year 2020 enacted level and $2.3 billion above the President’s budget request. This legislation puts further restrictions prohibiting the Trump Administration from reprogramming funds for building a border wall. It also prevents further military construction on bases named for Confederate officers.  

“This legislation shows our commitment to our nation’s active duty servicemembers and veterans. These brave Americans put their lives on the line every day to protect our country, this legislation ensures that they have the support they need and care they need and so deeply deserve,” said Congressman Tim Ryan, member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. “I also am proud that this year’s Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Funding Bill blocks the Trump Administration from stealing appropriated funds from our servicemembers in Northeast Ohio and across the country to build an ineffective vanity project on the southern border.” 

Congressman Ryan was successful in securing several additional elements in the bill to benefit service members and veterans in the 13th Congressional District and across the country:

  • Report language calling for the continued support and expansion of the VA’s Whole Health System of Care that provides patient-centered care and complementary and integrative health approaches to our nation’s veterans—especially those who are struggling with opioid use disorder and chronic pain.
  • Report language to study and track Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that exist within the veteran population and in order to enable individual treatment.
  • Report language calling for further expansion of the VetCorps pilot program which enables veteran-conducted outreach to fellow veterans.
  • Report language urging the VA to expand exploration of post-traumatic growth programs.
  • $44.6 million to revitalize long neglected National Guard Infrastructure.

“The bill before us demonstrates our commitment to our servicemembers and their families and to our Veterans,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “The bill makes needed investments in the programs that improve our military readiness and provides the benefits and medical care that our Veterans have earned due to their service to our Nation. The bill also includes a new provision to prohibit military construction projects on installations named for confederate officers, who led and waged armed rebellion against the United States, until a process has been initiated to replace the name of those installations. We have finally achieved consensus with the Senate that the cost of VA healthcare is growing exponentially and cannot remain within the budget caps. For that reason, the $12.5 billion within the total is designated as emergency funding to adequately fund VA health care.”

“This year’s Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill makes critical investments in veterans and military families, reinforces our national security infrastructure, and blocks President Trump from stealing appropriated funds from servicemembers to pay for an ineffective, nativist wall or to backfill projects he already canceled for that purpose. In the midst of a global pandemic, this bill makes unprecedented investments in our veterans through our VA medical system to ensure that every veteran has access to the top-notch health care they deserve,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey.“In short, this bill builds a stronger VA and military, and leaves no one behind.”

A summary of the fiscal year 2021 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill is here. The full text of the bill, prior to adoption of amendments in full committee, is here. The bill report is here.