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House Subcommittee Approves VA Appropriations

May 11, 2012—The House VA Appropriations Subcommittee May 8 approved by voice vote its FY 2013 Military Construction and Veteran Affairs Appropriations measure, maintaining overall spending at FY 2012 levels. The House appropriators’ plan would increase funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by $2.3 billion (4 percent) over FY 2012, while cutting military construction programs by $2.4 billion.

Matching the president’s budget request [see Washington Highlights, Feb. 17], the bill would provide $583 million for VA Medical and Prosthetic Research, a $2 million (0.3 percent) increase over FY 2012. The measure also includes $54.5 billion for FY 2014 VA medical care advanced funding, a $1.9 billion increase (3.7 percent) over the FY 2013 comparable level, and does not appear to make any changes to FY 2013 medical care appropriations.

During the markup, full committee chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) expressed concern that the Department of Defense (DOD) and the VA have been slow to coordinate sharing of electronic health records, noting, “I’m glad that your bill would withhold some funds until the DOD and the VA get their act together.” Under the legislation, 75 percent of funds available for the integrated health record program between the two agencies would be withheld until the program office submits a data standardization schedule and a report to Congress on the program’s annual spending.

The full committee is expected to markup the bill during the week of May 14.


Matthew Shick, JD
Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-862-6116


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