Guam – The U.S. House is heading toward approval of its fiscal 2013 military construction appropriations bill. The vote is expected on Saturday, Guam time.
HEAR Matt Kaye’s report HERE>>>06-01 hsemilconapprops.mp3
The House military construction spending includes key Guam build-up projects not backed by the Senate.
The military construction spending bill includes nearly $102-million in military construction money for Guam. It is different from the already passed House version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA], but it is contingent on that measure.
Both the House NDAA and the House mil-con construction measure include a $67.5 million dollar upgrade to the fuel pipeline that runs from Naval Base Guam to Anderson Air Force Base; a nearly $26-million dollar appropriation for the north ramp parking project at Anderson; and an 8.5 million dollar Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters’ improvement project.
Both House bills differ from last week’s Senate versions of the same measures.
Last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee, in its version of the 2013 NDAA, conditions the National Guard Headquarters project and the fuel pipeline upgrade on a further DoD study.
The House-passed DoD budget bill would make it easier to spend over $3-billion in Japanese funds on the build-up. No such language is in the Senate authorization bill.
And neither the House nor Senate spending bills appropriates new money for the Guam Strike Fuel systems hangar at Andersen.
$62-million was funded in last year’s defense spending bill, but only now authorized in this year’s House defense budget bill.
The Senate budget bill does not authorize the spending, further complicating an already muddled FY ’13 build-up funding picture.