Week of July 12, 2004

For Immediate Release:

July 12, 2004

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Please note: The Fiscal Year 2005 Military Construction Appropriations Bill was marked up in Full Committee today.  This bill will likely be brought to the Floor before the August District Work Period.
 
Congressman Chet Edwards pressured Republicans into offering language to this bill in the full committee mark-up that will relieve the Pentagon from a statutory spending limit on building and renovating under a military family housing program he helped to initiate in 1996. The language would lift the $850 million cap under the public-private housing program by $500 million starting Oct. 1. The Pentagon is expected to reach the spending ceiling in November.
 
Without this provision, thousands of military families will lose access to military housing.
 
There is a concern that Republican leaders will strip this provision from the bill in the Rules Committee.  Democrats should help raise the profile on this issue and ensure that our military families have access to affordable quality housing.
 
Please find Congressman Edwards press release regarding this issue attached.