House passes 2015 GSA budget with 17% cut for new construction projects
Renovation funds would be slashed by 3.5 %
The General Services Administration’s construction budget for fiscal year 2015 passed by the House this month includes cuts in both new construction and renovation/repairs compared to 2014. The agency would have about $420 million, or 17% less, for new projects and will have $965 million, or 3.5% less, for renovation and repair projects, according to the House bill.
The House bill would fund projects at the Calexico and San Ysidro land ports of entry in California, and the Alexandria Bay land port of entry in New York. The legislation contains no funding in 2015 for the continued construction of the new Department of Homeland Security’s consolidated headquarters on the campus of the former St. Elizabeth’s hospital in southeast Washington, D.C. President Obama’s proposed budget increases funding for that project.
A new Coast Guard headquarters, the first phase of the St. Elizabeth’s project, was completed and occupied by the Coast Guard last year. But years of budget cuts and delays have caused a dramatic drop in Congressional support for the multi-billion dollar project that would bring more than 14,000 employees to the campus.