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July 8, 1997
This Statement of Administration Policy provides the Administration's views on
H.R. 2016, the Military Construction Appropriations Bill, FY 1998, as reported
by the House Appropriations Committee. The Administration objects to the
reallocation of national defense funds from Department of Energy programs to
Department of Defense programs, including military construction programs, an
action that we believe is an unacceptable deviation from a clear term of the
Bipartisan Budget Agreement. Your consideration of the Administration's view
would be appreciated.
Unrequested Programs Added by the Committee
The Committee has added $886 million to the President's request, for 94 specific, unrequested projects and other programs, partially offset by $86 million in reductions to requested programs and other adjustments. Although much of the unrequested funding is for items that are consistent with DOD's long-range military construction plans, almost $200 million would be used for low priority items that are not in DOD's long-range plans. It is particularly unfortunate that funding for the projects that are not in DOD's long-range plans has been added at the expense of higher priority programs in the President's request. The Administration believes that unrequested funding should be deleted, and funding for requested programs should be restored.
Other Objectionable Features
The Administration objects to the Committee's: