Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2014 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MILCON) Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2216) on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4. The comprehensive legislation, which funds essential infrastructure projects at Northeast Florida military installations and funds our nation's critical veterans programs, passed by a vote of 421 -- 4 and now moves to the United States Senate.
"No matter where they serve, there is no higher priority than making sure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to protect our freedom," said Crenshaw. "Northeast Florida military installations play a central role in that national security mission and deserve the support that the Fiscal Year 2014 Military Construction Bill provides."
"Construction of a Littoral Combat Ship Logistics Support facility at Naval Station Mayport, expansion of the P-8 training and parking apron at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and the replacement of a fuel pipeline in Jacksonville will help keep our forces strong now and in years to come," he continued.
"Equally important, the MILCON bill funds veterans' benefits and programs to ensure that all veterans have the programs they have earned through their service to a grateful nation," said Crenshaw. "The bill takes strides to help addresses a heavy backlog of VA disability claims by streamlining operations to ensure that our veterans are getting their benefits in a timely and appropriate manner."