S. Hrg. 113: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans' Affairs, and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, April 2, 2014 [open pdf - 8MB]
This is the April 2, 2014 hearing titled, "Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans' Affairs, and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Tim Johnson, U.S. Senator from South Dakota: "We meet today to discuss the President's fiscal year 2015 budget request for military construction (MILCON) and family housing for the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Army. [...] We are all aware that the Defense budget is under severe pressure due to budget constraints. Nowhere is this more evident than in the fiscal year 2015 MILCON request. At $6.6 billion, the request is 40 percent below last year's request. We have not seen a MILCON request level this low for nearly two decades. [...] I understand fiscal reality, but I am concerned that MILCON always seems to be the go-to bill payer when Defense budgets are squeezed. [...] We often speak of the importance of installations in preparing the troops to fight and win wars, but those words must be backed up by investment, not just in new mission, but also in current mission and quality of life requirements. Military construction investments can be deferred, but not indefinitely. Coupled with the steep cuts proposed for sustainment, restoration, and maintenance funding in fiscal year 2015, I fear that investment in installations is on a slippery slope. I hope the Department recognizes that and will not make the mistake of allowing the hollowing out of MILCON investment to the detriment of our troops and their missions." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mike McCord and John Conger.
S. Hrg. 113; Senate Hearing 113
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