U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today voted to support our veterans and Armed Services by supporting H.R. 3043, a conference report package that included the 2008 Military Construction-VA funding bill.  The legislative package included the single largest increase for veterans’ health care in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as well as key investments in the South Sound. 

The conference report passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 269 to 142.

“Tonight, Congress lived up to its obligations to support our troops and our veterans.  The bill we passed included the biggest single funding increase in the history of the VA to make sure they get the support they deserve.  I was also pleased to have secured funds for local military construction projects that support our National Guard and provide alternative energy options for both the military and the public,” Smith said.

Smith secured funds for the following South Sound military construction projects in the conference package:

$3.3 million for a new Ft. Lewis Alternative Fueling Facility for military and public use.  Alternative fuel available at the facility will include biodiesel, ethanol, and others. 
 
$152,000 for the Tacoma Readiness Center to plan and design the renovation of the Washington National Guard’s Readiness Center in Tacoma.  The century-old Tacoma Armory building needs renovations to ensure it can be used for training and stationing Guard soldiers.
 
The conference report package passed tonight included both the Military Construction-VA funding bill (H.R. 2642) and the Labor, Heath and Human Services and Education bills (H.R. 3043).