WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that the fiscal year 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill passed the House with broad bipartisan support, by a vote of 416-1. Specifically, this legislation secures the third and final installment for construction of new barracks at the United States Military Academy at West Point, which began construction in November 2013.
"I am proud of this bipartisan effort to invest in our infrastructure and continue our commitment to America’s veterans, troops and military families," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, son of a Navy veteran. "This important investment at the U.S. Military Academy is not only the right thing to do for our cadets, but it creates good jobs for my neighbors and grows our local economy. West Point has been educating and training our nation’s next generation of military leaders since 1802, and many of the facilities there are nearly as old."
Specifically, this legislation includes $58 million for construction barracks at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Rep. Maloney previously secured funding for this $192 million project, which began construction in November 2013. Cadets are currently living in overcrowded and outdated facilities, some dating back to 1895.
Additionally, this legislation includes provisions that take further steps to reduce the veterans’ claims backlog. Currently, there are 9,500 veterans in New York waiting on disability claim – down from 12,000 veterans who were waiting an average of 471 days last April. One year ago, Rep. Maloney introduced the Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act to help address the Veterans Administration (VA)’s backlog of disability claims, which was signed into law by President Obama in December.