A United States Defence budget bill passed by the House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee includes more funding than expected for the construction of the new Guam Naval Hospital.
The 2010 National Defence Authorisation Act, which is part of the Obama administration's $3.4 trillion US dollars budget submission, includes funding for key projects as Guam begins its unprecedented military buildup.
The committee approved 446 million dollars for Naval Hospital construction.
An earlier version of the bill had allotted 259 million dollars for the project.
According to, Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo's office, funding in the bill for Apra Harbor Wharves improvement has been reduced to 127 million, from an earlier amount of 167 million.
The bill still needs to make its way through the full House and Senate.