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House Passes FY 2015 Mil.Con.-VA Appropriations

May 2, 2014—The House of Representatives April 30 approved (416-1) the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4486) after considering two dozen amendments.

In response to allegations of veterans dying due to extended delays for appointments, the House adopted by voice vote an amendment by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) that would increase funding for the Veterans Affairs (VA) inspector general by $1 million. The House also adopted by voice vote an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) that would increase funding for the VA Information Technology Systems by $3.2 million.

The bill would provide $58.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016 advance appropriations for VA medical care, which includes VA’s Medical Services, Medical Facilities, and Medical Support and Compliance accounts.  The $58.7 million spending level matches the president’s budget at a $2.7 billion (4.82 percent) increase over the FY 2015 comparable level.

Also in line with the president’s budget, the bill includes $588.9 million for VA Medical and Prosthetic Research in FY 2015, a $3.2 million (0.6 percent) increase over FY 2014 [see Washington Highlights, April 11]. The Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research coalition (FOVA) supports a $611 million appropriation for VA research.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to markup its version of the spending bill on May 22.


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


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