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House Appropriations Committee Passes VA Spending Bill

April 11, 2014—The House Appropriations VA Subcommittee April 9 approved the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (Mil.Con.-VA) Appropriations bill. The draft measure includes $58.7 billion in FY 2016 advance appropriations for VA medical care and $588.9 million for VA Medical and Prosthetic Research, a $3.2 million (0.6 percent) increase over FY 2014 [see Washington Highlights, April 4].

Draft report language accompanying the bill “encourages the VA to strengthen its collaborations with research universities and teaching hospitals for the treatment and research of mental health disorders … to improve the psychological health of veterans and train mental health professionals so they will understand the unique needs of Veterans.” The committee requests a report on current VA-university partnerships on mental health research and training no later than 90 days after enactment.

The Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research coalition (FOVA) April 9 submitted testimony on appropriations for the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research program to the committee. For FY 2015, FOVA recommends $611 million for VA Research, $50 million for up to five major construction projects in VA research facilities, and $175 million for nonrecurring maintenance and minor construction. AAMC serves on the FOVA Executive Committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to take up its Mil.Con.-VA spending bill later in May.

Contact:

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

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