WASHINGTON, DC – Last Friday, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) voted with his colleagues on both sides of the political aisle to support funding for military construction, veterans’ affairs, and energy and water related projects for the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19). This package does the following:

• Ensures over seven million veterans receive medical care during fiscal year 2019, by including VA medical care funding of $71.2 billion, including $270 million for rural veterans’ health initiatives, $8.6 billion for mental health care services, and $196 million for suicide prevention research

• Includes $1.2 billion to modernize the VA’s electronic health record system to provide seamless care to veterans as they transition from military service

• Streamlines current VA resources to allow the VA to resolve claims for more than 450,000 veterans who are waiting for the compensation they’ve earned

• Provides $10.3 billion, an increase of $241 million above FY18 levels, for construction of military facilities including military family housing, medical facilities, education facilities for troop readiness, Guard and Reserve facilities, a NATO Security Investment Program (NSIP), and a new detention facility at Guantanamo Bay

Due to Rep. Hurd’s continued advocacy and work with local leaders, the package includes $15 million for Mission Reach reimbursement in San Antonio, a United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) project to prevent San Antonio River flooding and restore natural plant and animal habitats. Money to complete the project was loaned to the USACE by Bexar County, and reimbursement will allow the County to complete additional projects that benefit the community, such as San Pedro Creek Culture Park. Since Rep. Hurd has been in Congress, Mission Reach has been allocated $16.2 million in reimbursement. Under this bill, it is expected to receive an additional $15 million. This bill also ensures that USACE prioritizes additional resources into their new start projects, which San Antonio’s Mitchell Lake falls under, so that students and bird enthusiasts can continue enjoying this unique migratory bird sanctuary for years to come.

Rep. Hurd also advocated for energy innovation initiatives that will result in additional jobs in Texas, create a new paradigm for efficient power cycle applications, and make natural gas development safer, more efficient and more environmentally sustainable. As a result of Hurd’s request, the following was included in the package:

• $16.7 million for the Supercritical Transformational Electric Power (STEP) Project,  charged with improving the performance and efficiency of existing and new electric power plants, ultimately lowering energy consumption and emissions. 

“Today’s funding package furthers Congress’s efforts to streamline the federal bureaucracy and reduce wasteful spending, while providing our veterans with the resources and care they’ve rightfully earned. I am also proud to secure funding for Mission Reach each year so that San Antonio River Authority can continue their transformative ecological, cultural and economic improvements for our city,” said Hurd, whose district includes Mission Espada, part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. “I will continue to work with my colleagues across the political aisle to deliver real results for the good folks of the 23rd District of Texas.”

 

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