Congressional Negotiators OK FY 2019 Appropriations Package for VA, Energy & Water, Legislative Branch

House and Senate conference members have passed a package of three bills that would appropriate fiscal 2019 funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction, energy and water infrastructure and legislative branch.

The minibus measure would allocate $86.5B in discretionary funds for VA’s health records system modernization effort, Mission Act programs and claims backlog work, the House Appropriations Committee said Monday.

Military construction projects, such as infrastructure upgrades to support deterrence operations, would get $10.3B in fiscal 2019 funds.

The energy and water appropriations bill would earmark $15.2B for the Energy Department’s nuclear weapons security initiatives; $7B for the Army Control of Engineers’ flood control and navigation efforts; and $13.5B for electrical grid security and related energy programs.

The legislative branch spending measure would appropriate funds for the Capitol Police, office of employee advocacy and paid internships.

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