H.R.4590 Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs Seismic Safety, Construction, and Leases Authorization Act

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H.R.4590 Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs Seismic Safety, Construction, and Leases Authorization Act

Brief

This legislation would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out fiscal year 2016 major medical facility projects and would also authorize VA to carry out major medical facility leases.

“This bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out the following major medical facility projects (each with specified maximum authorized funds):

    “seismic corrections to buildings, including retrofitting and replacement of high-risk buildings, in San Francisco, California; $175,880,000.

    “seismic corrections to facilities, including facilities to support homeless veterans, at the medical center in West Los Angeles, California; $100,250,000.

   “ seismic corrections to the mental health and community living center in Long Beach, California; $282,100,000.

    “construction of an outpatient clinic, administrative space, cemetery, and columbarium in Alameda, California; $83,782,000.

    “realignment of medical facilities in Livermore, California; $188,650,000.

   “ construction of a replacement community living center in Perry Point, Maryland; and $92,700,000.

    “seismic corrections and other renovations to several buildings and construction of a specialty care building in American Lake, Washington.” $13,830,000. – crs

Also under the bill “The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out the following major medical facility leases at the locations specified, and in an amount for each lease not to exceed the amount shown for such location (not including any estimated cancellation costs):

        (1) For an outpatient clinic, Ann Arbor, Michigan, an amount not to exceed $17,093,000.

        (2) For an outpatient mental health clinic, Birmingham, Alabama, an amount not to exceed $6,971,000.

        (3) For an outpatient specialty clinic, Birmingham, Alabama, an amount not to exceed $10,479,000.

        (4) For research space, Boston, Massachusetts, an amount not to exceed $5,497,000.

        (5) For research space, Charleston, South Carolina, an amount not to exceed $6,581,000.

        (6) For an outpatient clinic, Daytona Beach, Florida, an amount not to exceed $12,664,000.

        (7) For Chief Business Office Purchased Care office space, Denver, Colorado, an amount not to exceed $17,215,000.

        (8) For an outpatient clinic, Gainesville, Florida, an amount not to exceed $4,686,000.

        (9) For an outpatient clinic, Hampton Roads, Virginia, an amount not to exceed $18,124,000.

        (10) For research space Mission Bay, California, an amount not to exceed $23,454,000.

        (11) For an outpatient clinic, Missoula, Montana, an amount not to exceed $7,130,000.

        (12) For an outpatient clinic, Northern Colorado, Colorado, an amount not to exceed $8,776,000.

        (13) For an outpatient clinic, Ocala, Florida, an amount not to exceed $5,279,000.

        (14) For an outpatient clinic, Oxnard, California, an amount not to exceed $6,297,000.

        (15) For an outpatient clinic, Pike County, Georgia, an amount not to exceed $5,757,000.

        (16) For an outpatient clinic, Portland, Maine, an amount not to exceed $6,846,000.

        (17) For an outpatient clinic, Raleigh, North Carolina, an amount not to exceed $21,607,000.

        (18) For an outpatient clinic, Santa Rosa, California, an amount not to exceed $6,498,000.”

Pershing Hall, located in Paris, France, was purchased by the American Legion in 1918 to serve as a memorial building for the Allied Expeditionary Forces. Pershing Hall is under a 99-year lease with a private company that transformed it also into a luxury hotel. The bill would authorize VA to sell Pershing Hall for fair market value, as determined by an independent appraisal of the property.

(Full text of H.R. 4590 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] (introduced 2/23/2016)      Cosponsors (None)

Status:  Passed House /

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

House Amendments:

Motion to recommit:

Text of the motion:

SENATE

On Passage:

Procedural Actions:

Senate Amendments:

COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayers:  A specified amount is authorized to be appropriated to the VA for such projects for FY2016 or the year in which funds are appropriated for the Construction, Major Projects, account. There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2016 or the year in which funds are appropriated for the Construction, Major Projects, account, $937,192,000 for the projects authorized.

CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have a discretionary cost of $134 million over the 2017-2021 period, assuming appropriation of the specified amounts. CBO also estimates that enacting H.R. 4590 would increase direct spending by $770 million over the 2016-2026 period.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Because the bill would affect direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 4590 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 4590 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.Tax Complexity: 

Earmark Certification:     H.R. 4590, as amended, does not contain any Congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined in clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

Duplication of programs: Pursuant to section 3(g) of H. Res. 5, 114th Cong. (2015), the Committee finds that no provision of H.R. 4590, as amended, establishes or reauthorizes a program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of another Federal program

Direct Rule-Making:    Pursuant to section 3(i) of H. Res. 5, 114th Cong. (2015), the Committee estimates that H.R. 4590, as amended, contains no directed rule making that would require the Secretary to prescribe regulations.

Advisory Committee Statement:   No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act would be created by H.R. 4590, as amended.

Budget Authority:

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.

 

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