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House Passes VA Appropriations

June 1, 2012—Following Memorial Day, the House of Representatives May 31 passed, 407-12, the FY 2013 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill (H.R. 5854) [see Washington Highlights, May 18]. The Senate Appropriations Committee May 22 approved its version of the VA funding measure (S. 3215).

The White House has threatened to veto the House bill because, overall, it provides less FY 2013 discretionary spending than the level set in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25), requiring cuts to programs important to the administration.

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 (H.Rept. 112-491) 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.


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


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