Congressman Lucas Statement on Passage of H.R. 2216, MilCon and VA Appropriations

June 4, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas today made the following statement after the United States House of Representatives voted for passage of H.R. 2216, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The legislation passed the House today with a 421 to 4 vote.

“I am pleased this legislation passed the House today to ensure the U.S. Military has the resources needed to maintain a strong national defense,” said Lucas. “It is crucial that we continue investing in the physical infrastructure of the Department of Defense to ensure our men and women in uniform can continue operating in a functional and productive environment.

“Additionally, it is important that we provide the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the resources needed to fulfill their duties of taking care of our nation’s veterans. We owe a great deal of gratitude to the brave men and women who have fought on behalf of our country and to secure our freedoms. I am pleased this legislation appropriates adequate funding to the VA to help increase efficiency and minimize the barriers our veterans face in receiving benefits. It is important that we keep true to the promises we made to our veterans when they decided to bravely serve in the U.S. Military.