Woodall Supports House Passage of Veterans Funding Bill
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4974, the “Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act,” marking the first of the FY2017 appropriations season. The legislation prioritizes combatant command needs while increasing discretionary spending for veterans by 3% from FY2016. Rep. Rob Woodall issued the following statement in support of its passage.
“It’s through the appropriations process that we are able to effectively and responsibly allocate America’s resources, and there is no more important or fitting place to begin than with the care of our troops,” said Woodall. “With this bill we are prioritizing the needs of those who have given so much through their service to each one of us, and we’re doing it in a way that increases transparency and accountability.”
Significant provisions of the legislation include measures to address VA disability backlogs, prohibit closure of Guantanamo Bay, and increase medical care for veterans and their families.
- Includes $52.5B for VA medical services for 7 million patients to care for a sicker veteran population
- Prioritizes mental health care, suicide prevention, traumatic brain injury treatment, and opioid safety
- Addresses the disability claims backlog by providing a $118M increase for hiring new staff, digital scanning,
- and the paperless claims processing system
- Prohibits the closure of Guantanamo Bay Naval Station and the construction of any facilities to house
- detainees in the U.S. or its territories
- Prohibits bonuses for all VA Senior Executive Service (SES) personnel
- Provides a total of $7.9B for military construction—prioritizing combatant command needs and targeting
- tax dollars to where they are most needed
- Includes funding to support and care for 9.8 million troops and families at military medical facilities
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.