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House Subcommittee Approves Draft MilCon-VA Appropriations

April 17, 2015—The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) April 15 approved by a voice vote its fiscal year (FY) 2016 spending bill. The entire measure represents a $4.6 billion increase over the FY 2015 enacted level, but comes in $1.2 billion below the president’s budget to align with spending allocations under sequestration. 

For VA Medical and Prosthetic Research, the bill would provide $607 million, an $18 million (3 percent) increase over FY 2015.  The president’s budget requested $622 million for VA research [see Washington Highlights, Feb. 6] in line with the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) coalition recommendation. AAMC serves on the FOVA executive committee.

The measure would provide $63.3 billion in fiscal 2017 advance appropriations for VA medical services, facilities, support and compliance, matching the president’s request.

The full committee is expected to consider the measure April 22.


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


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