WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), a senior member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MILCON/VA), released the following statement regarding the full House Appropriations Committee’s passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 MILCON/VA Appropriations bill, which provides funding for our nation’s veterans programs and military construction needs.

“Today, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee once again came together in a bipartisan fashion to meet the needs of our service members, veterans, and their families. As a senior member, and former ranking member, of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, I am confident that the FY 2019 bill enhances our military readiness and provides the resources necessary to deliver quality care to our nation’s veterans.

“This legislation ensures that our Armed forces operate in facilities that support our service members and their families wherever they work, train, or live. I am pleased that the bill provides a total of $112.6 million toward military construction needs in Georgia. This includes considerable investment in the Army’s cyberwarfare capabilities at Fort Gordon, as well as funding for a much needed Welding and Body Repair Shop Facility on Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. Additionally, this bill will initiate construction on a $13.6 million Naval Reserve Training Center on Fort Benning, which will allow for training enhancements and increased support for reservists.

“The FY2019 MILCON/VA appropriations bill also continues to fund our veterans healthcare programs and ensures our veterans have continued access to the VA programs and services that they have earned.

“I believe this bill would be beneficial to our military service members, veterans and their families and I am hopeful that it is preserved fully as it is considered by the full U.S. House of Representatives.”