Smith Leads Charge to Save Local Military Funding
Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) today continued his efforts to save local military funding by urging support for H.R. 22. This legislation would prevent San Antonio military bases from losing over $126 million in new funding. The bill calls for passage of the "Fiscal Year 2007 Military Construction Appropriations Act" at fully authorized funding levels. The "Fiscal Year 2007 Military Construction Appropriations Act" was one of nine appropriations bills that did not clear the previous Congress last year.
"We cannot continue to fund military construction and base operations at fiscal year 2006 levels," explained Congressman Smith, who represents Fort Sam Houston. "Outdated funding levels will not address the new and growing needs of our local military installations."
Democrat leaders presiding over the 110th Congress have indicated that they will rely on a continuing resolution at fiscal year 2006 levels to finance most government operations through the remainder of fiscal 2007, which ends September 30, while they craft appropriations bills for 2008.
As a result of base consolidation, Fort Sam Houston is due to receive 11,000 new military personnel starting in 2007.
"Fort Sam and San Antonio's other military bases must have adequate funds to absorb thousands of new people and successfully complete the Base Realignment and Closure transition," said Smith. "I am reaching out to other Members of the Texas delegation to urge their support to correct this potential funding crisis."
The "Fiscal Year 2007 Military Construction Appropriations Act" contains over $154 million for three San Antonio military installations: Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base.
"This funding will provide local military personnel with the medical education, training, health care and quality of life they need to accomplish their missions at home and abroad," concluded Smith. "I will continue to make every effort to ensure that our San Antonio military bases receive the amount of funding they need to protect our country."