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House, Senate Appropriators Move FY 2013 VA Spending Bills

May 18, 2012—The full House Appropriations Committee May 16 approved its FY 2013 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (Mil.Con.-VA) spending bill without substantive amendments to the subcommittee’s May 8 markup [see Washington Highlights, May 11].  The House bill provides total discretionary funding of $71.7 billion, matching the FY 2012 level. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee May 15 approved its measure with total discretionary funding of $71.9 billion, a $228 million increase over FY 2012 and $466 million below the president’s budget request.

Both the House and Senate bills include $583 million for VA Medical and Prosthetic Research, a $2 million (0.3 percent) increase over FY 2012, matching the president’s budget request. Likewise, both the House and Senate bills include $54.5 billion for FY 2014 medical care advanced funding.

House report language accompanying the spending bill includes a provision encouraging the VA to “establish collaborations with research universities and teaching hospitals for the treatment and research of mental health disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, to improve the psychological health of veterans and train mental health professionals so they will understand the unique needs of veterans.” The committee also requests a report on current VA-university partnerships on mental health research and training within 90 days after enactment.

The full Senate Appropriations Committee’s consideration of the Mil.Con.-VA spending bill, originally scheduled for May 17, has been postponed.

Contact:

Matthew Shick, JD
Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-862-6116
Email: mshick@aamc.org

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