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VETERANS RESEARCH PROGRAM RECEIVES FUNDING INCREASE IN BILL PASSED BY HOUSE
Created by on 06/19/2012

On May 31st, the House passed the FY 2013 Military-Construction/Veterans Affairs (VA) Appropriations bill (HR 5854) by a vote of 407-12. $582.7 million was provided for the Medical and Prosthetic Research Program (an increase of $1.7 million above the enacted FY 2012 level). Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) spoke in support of the bill during the House floor debate. A press release about the bill’s passage is available on the House Appropriations Committee website, as is a list of adopted amendments.
 
During floor consideration of the bill, an amendment by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to encourage the VA to increase efforts on researching the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury was adopted by voice vote. According to a statement by Representative Blumenauer, the amendment would require that, “no fewer than $35 million of the Medical and Prosthetic Research account go toward post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury research and treatment in order to expedite a cure for hundreds of thousands of active duty personnel and veterans suffering the effects of brain and psychological trauma incurred during service.” As with the other appropriations bills passed by the House, the White House has threatened to veto the Military-Construction/VA bill because the overall spending level is below the amount that was agreed to in the Budget Control Act.


 

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