Quantico, A.P. Hill Receive Omnibus Appropriations

Gate at Quantico Marine base.

Marine Corps Base Quantico and U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill are among the Virginia military installations set to receive funds from the approximately $1.15 trillion omnibus bill signed into law Dec. 18.

According to a news release from Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, $43.9 million will go toward the construction of an Embassy Security Guard Housing and Operations Center at Quantico.

A written statement from Quantico Public Affairs said the appropriation "will fund the construction of a Marine Corps Embassy Security Group Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, planned to house 250 Marines."

The money will also go toward the construction of administrative offices that support the Marine Security Augmentation Unit at Quantico.

Another $24 million is slated for an equipment facility's construction at Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County.

"The money represents continued planned expansion of the post to meet the need of the Department of Defense," Lt. Col. David A. Meyer, commander of the post, wrote in an email.

In a joint statement, Warner and Kaine praised lawmakers for being able to pass the much-needed bill, even as they critiqued what they called a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

"While the bipartisan package supports many programs and priorities which are important to Virginians, I remain concerned that this legislation does little to address our nation's longer-term fiscal challenges," Warner wrote in the statement. "I certainly hope the spirit of bipartisanship displayed by passage of this imperfect budget bill will result in a more fiscally responsible approach to budget issues in the new year."

Kaine applauded the omnibus bill's passage as benefiting national security and success, even though it isn't a "perfect" solution.

"I'm pleased this bill addresses arbitrary budget caps set by sequestration, invests in Virginia's shipbuilders so they have certainty and stability and lends a helping hand to middle- to low-income families trying to make ends meet," Kaine wrote in the statement.

"Though this bill isn't perfect, I chose to support it because it funds programs that are critical to our nation's security and success, and it will allow federal agencies to plan ahead," he said. "Most importantly, this is a compromise that will give budget certainty to families and businesses."

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