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National Guard Bureau Office of Legislative Liaison
Updates from the Hill
House passes NDAA and “Security Minibus”; Senate Appropriations passes FY18 MILCON/VA bill Friday, August 04, 2017
Now in August recess, the House wrapped up a busy legislative schedule in July. On July 14, after several days of debate, the House passed its version of the NDAA. On July 14, the House passed 4 appropriations bills in a “Security-themed” minibus, including appropriations for defense and MILCON/VA.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY18 MILCON/VA bill, its first spending bill to be completed for FY18. Both appropriations and the FY18 SASC NDAA are on hold in the Senate until Congress returns in September. 
House defense committees complete FY18 authorization and appropriations bills Friday, July 07, 2017

On June 15, the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the FY18 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill. In total, the legislation provides $88.8 billion in discretionary funding – $6 billion above the fiscal year 2017 level.

The bill includes $372.1 million for construction or alteration of National Guard facilities in 18 states, a decrease of $4.7 million below the fiscal year 2017 enacted level. Of this, $210.7 million is provided for Army National Guard military construction and $161.5 million for Air National Guard military construction – both at requested levels. However, Section 125 authorizes additional funding for the Army National Guard ($56 million) and Air National Guard ($41.9) million for projects on the Services Unfunded Priority lists.

On June 26, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense passed its version of the FY18 Defense Appropriations. The full House Appropriations Committee passed the bill on June 29th. It includes $584.2 billion in discretionary funding – an increase of $68.1 billion above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $18.4 billion above the President’s Defense budget request. The bill also provides $73.9 billion in OCO funding.

On June 28, the House Armed Services Committee passed its version of the FY18 NDAA, after a marathon markup which lasted until just before midnight. The bill authorizes $631.5 billion for base budget accounts and about $65 billion for in OCO. The committee designated $10 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, which is not capped by law, for base budget activities. The bill is $28.5 billion more than the President’s Budget Request, which exceeded defense caps by $54 billion.

House and Senate Appropriators released an omnibus bill for the final FY17 Appropriations Monday, May 01, 2017

The measure would provide $593 billion in defense spending, including $61.8 billion for overseas operations. The bill could come to the House floor for votes as early as Wednesday, and sources have said the Senate wants it passed by Thursday. The one-week continuing resolution funds the government through Friday, 05 May.

A few highlights of the bill include:
  • Funds 343,000 end strength for ARNG and 105,700 end strength for ANG
  • Appropriates $750 million for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account in OCO
    • Includes $247.5 million for the Army National Guard and Air National Guard each
  • Appropriates $234 million for the National Guard Counterdrug Program
  • Appropriates $20 million for Counterdrug Schools
  • Adds $19 million for Operation Phalanx
  • Adds $8 million to the State Partnership Program
  • Adds $9.9 million for ARNG Cyber protection teams
  • Adds $100 million for ARNG HMMWV Modernization
  • Adds $60 million for ARNG and Army Reserve HMMWV Ambulances
  • Adds $160 million for two ANG C-130Js
  • Adds $97.5 million for C-130 modernization
  • Adds $10.3 million for Youth Challenge
  • Adds $25 million for Sexual Assault Special Victims Council Program
  • Adds $20 million for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon