First House fiscal 2025 bill takes aim at climate spending

By Andres Picon | 05/21/2024 06:45 AM EDT

The Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bill would block funding for climate change and clean energy initiatives.

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas).

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), chair of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, released his fiscal 2025 bill Monday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

House appropriators released a fiscal 2025 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bill Monday that aims to boost veteran health care spending while rolling back a number of the Biden administration’s actions on climate change.

The House Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee unveiled the $378.64 billion measure Monday ahead of its markup Tuesday evening. The full Appropriations Committee will mark up the bill Thursday.

“When our courageous servicemembers transition into veteran life, America makes a commitment to care for them,” subcommittee Chair John Carter (R-Texas) said in a statement. “This bill fulfills that commitment by fully funding veterans’ health care, ensuring our heroes get the medical treatment they need.”


Appropriations Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.), in laying out his plan for the appropriations process last week, said the Department of Veterans Affairs, including medical care and benefits programs, would be “fully funded.”