Appropriations bill includes more funding for Alameda VA clinic, national cemetery

Rendering of the Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic and national cemetery proposed at Alameda Point.

The $1.4 trillion spending package approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday includes $27 million in additional funding for Alameda’s Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic and national cemetery.

The package of bills is expected to be approved by the Senate and signed by President Trump before a Friday deadline.

The $200 million project, which will later include a national cemetery with a 300,000-space columbarium, already secured $87 million for design and environmental remediation at the site, a runway at the former Alameda Naval Air Station.

The Veterans Affairs project at Alameda Point has faced a number of fits and starts over the years. The veterans outpatient clinic was slated to open in 2024, but was pushed backed at least two years.

In the past year, Alameda officials had expressed exasperation with the slow pace of the project. Last May, Rep. Barbara Lee was able to secure the funding approved this week during an appropriations committee hearing.