Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2010 Appropriations
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The Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriations bill provides funding for the planning, design, construction, alteration, and improvement of facilities used by active and reserve military components worldwide. It capitalizes military family housing and the U.S. share of the NATO Security Investment Program, and finances the implementation of installation closures and realignments. It underwrites veterans benefit and health care programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, provides for the creation and maintenance of U.S. cemeteries and battlefield monuments within the United States and abroad, and supports the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and Armed Forces Retirement Homes. The bill also funds construction supporting Overseas Military Operations, a function previously carried out through emergency supplemental appropriations, and advance appropriations for veterans medical services. Rather than submit a complete appropriations request for FY2010 only five weeks after taking office, President Barack Obama published a budget overview, A New Era of Responsibility Renewing Americas Promise, on February 26, 2009. The President submitted his regular FY2010 appropriations request to Congress on May 7, 2009, including 133.5 billion for programs covered in the regular Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriations bill 24.4 billion for Title I military construction and family housing 108.9 billion for Title II veterans affairs and 275.7 million for Title III related agencies. Compared with funding appropriated for FY2009, this represented decreases for Title I of 3.7 billion 13.4, and increases for Title II of 12.9 billion 13.5 and for Title III of 69.0 million 33.3. The overall increase in appropriations between that requested for FY2010 and enacted for FY2009 is 9.2 billion 7.4.
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