Burr: Senate Should Approve Funding Now on Zika, Veterans, Military
WASHINGTON – This morning, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the Democrat leadership’s filibuster of legislation to combat the Zika virus, provide health care for veterans, and fund military construction priorities for North Carolina:
“This legislation provides the funding for Zika that every Democrat Senator voted for six weeks ago,” said Senator Burr. “It also allocates a record level of funding for our veterans, providing every cent that the President himself asked for in his budget to ensure VA health care is fully funded. Some of my colleagues seem to think this is a game. For pregnant women, and women who hope to become pregnant, the Zika virus is not a game. For our veterans who need health care, VA funding is not a game. This is a reasonable bill, and for many North Carolinians, lives may be at stake.”
H.R. 2577, the Military Construction, Veterans Administration, and Zika Appropriations Act includes the following key provisions:
- $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus.
- $52.8 billion to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA hospital system, satisfying 100 percent of President Obama’s budget request.
- Policies to improve Congressional oversight in the wake of the VA wait time scandal including new whistle blower protections, additional staff for the VA’s Inspector General Office, and requirements that VA issue timely reports.
- $297 million for 12 military construction projects in North Carolina:
- Camp Lejeune - $18.482 Million for Range Facilities Safety Improvements
- Camp Lejeune - $31 Million for Dental Clinic Replacement
- Cherry Point MCAS - $12.515 Million for Central Heating Plant Conversion
- Air National Guard Charlotte IAP - $29.6 Million for C-17 Corrosion Control/Fuel Cell Hangar
- Air National Guard Charlotte IAP - $21 Million for C-17 Type III Hydrant Refueling System
- Air Force Reserve Seymour Johnson AFB - $5.7 Million for KC-46A ADAL Building for AGE/Fuselage Training
- Air Force Reserve Seymour Johnson AFB - $2.25 Million KC-46A ADAL Squadron Operations Facilities
- Air Force Reserve Seymour Johnson AFB - $90 Million for KC-46A Two Bay Corrosion/Fuel Cell Hangar
- Fort Bragg - $10.905 Million for SOF Combat Medical Training Facility
- Fort Bragg - $21.420 Million for SOF Parachute Rigging Facility
- Fort Bragg - $30.670 Million for SOF Special Tactics Facility (Phase 3)
- Fort Bragg - $23.598 Million for SOF Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility
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