A joint House-Senate committee has submitted the final conference report on a billÂ that wouldÂ provideÂ $82.5 billionÂ to fund military facility construction projects,Â veteransâ benefits programs and Zika responseÂ efforts.
The House Appropriations CommitteeÂ said WednesdayÂ theÂ Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Zika Response AppropriationsÂ ActÂ now heads to the House for consideration.
The proposed budgetÂ is aboutÂ $2.6 billion more than the enacted fiscal 2016 fundsÂ and includesÂ $1.1 billion for domestic and international efforts to stopÂ the Zika virus.
âMosquito season is upon us; these dollars must get out the door now to help control the spread of the Zika virus, and continue longer-term efforts to stop this disease, such as vaccine and treatment development and deployment,” saidÂ House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky).
“The Military-Construction and Veterans Affairs portion of the agreement is critical legislation to fund the infrastructure and services our active-duty troops and their families need, and to fulfill our commitment to those who have fought and sacrificed for our nation,” Rogers added.