House Appropriators Advance Defense, Transportation and Homeland Security Funding Bills
This week, the House Appropriations Committee advanced the fiscal 2021 funding bills for the Departments of Defense, Transportation and Homeland Security. The bills are set to be included in mini-packages to be voted on by the full House in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, House Appropriators voted 30-22 to pass the fiscal 2021 defense spending bill which would provide $695 billion for the Department of Defense. During Tuesday's markup, Democrats adopted a series of amendments to rein in presidential war powers, including proposals to phase out the 2001 war authorization that underpins worldwide U.S. counterterrorism operations, repeal the 2002 Iraq War authorization and bar military action against Iran without congressional approval.
The bill provides $22.3 billion to procure nine Navy ships, $2.4 billion above the request, including: 1 Columbia class submarine, 2 Virginia-class submarines, 2 DDG-51 guided missile destroyers, 1 FFG(X) frigate, 1 LPD-17 Flight II and two towing, salvage and rescue ships.
A committee summary of the bill can be found here. The full text of the bill, prior to adoption of amendments in full committee, is here. The bill report is here.
The SCA summary of the bill can be found HERE.
House appropriators voted 30-22 to advance the fiscal 2021 Department of Transportation, Housing & Urban Development (THUD) bill which provides $158.3 billion in base budgetary resources. The bill also includes budgetary resources for surface transportation programs totaling $78.7 billion and $75 billion to support the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by investing in the nation’s transportation and housing infrastructure.
In the base bill, the committee provided the following amounts to key Maritime Administration programs:
- $20 million for the Small Shipyard Assistance Program
- $3 million for the Title XI Maritime Guaranteed Loan Program
- $389 million for the 4th National Security Multi-Mission Vessel
In the additional appropriations provisions, the committee provided the following additional amounts:
- $315 million for the 5th National Security Multi-Mission Vessel
- $100 million for the Small Shipyard Assistance Program
- $1 billion in port infrastructure improvement grants
A committee summary of the bill is here. The text of the bill, prior to adoption of amendments in full committee, is here. The bill report is here.
The SCA Summary of the bill can be found HERE.
House appropriators voted 30-22 Wednesday to advance the FY21 Homeland Security funding bill. The bill funds the Department of Homeland Security, including the U.S. Coast Guard. The bill provides $2.58 billion for Coast Guard Procurement, Construction and Improvements line, including funds for four Fast Response Cutters (FRCS), the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and Polar Security Cutter (PSC).
A summary of the bill is here. The text of the bill, prior to adoption of amendments in full committee, is here. The bill report is here. An SCA summary of the bill is forthcoming.