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July 22, 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 Senate Appropriations Committee. Your consideration of the
Administration's views would be appreciated.
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 our understanding of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement.
Unrequested Programs Added by the Committee
The Committee has added $955 million to the President's request, for 103 specific unrequested projects and other programs, partially offset by $155 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, $116 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: