House and Senate Pass Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

The House passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (H.R.2055) on June 14 and the Senate passed an amended version on July 20. The House bill provides $531 million for the Medical and Prosthetic Research program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This funding level is $22 million (4.3 percent) more than the President's request and $49 million (8.4 percent) less than in FY 2011. The Senate version of the bill provides $581 million for the Medical and Prosthetic Research program which is $72 million (14.2 percent) more than the President's request and $1 million (0.2 percent) more than FY 2011. Including research support from other VA programs, the total R&D investment in the Senate bill is estimated at $1.16 billion, $144 million (14.2 percent) more than the President's request and $2 million (0.2 percent) more than FY 2011 while the House bill's R&D investment estimate is $1.06 billion, $44 million (4.3 percent) more than the President's request and $98 million (8.4 percent) less than FY 2011. VA also performs R&D for other federal agencies and non-federal organizations which is estimated at $720 million for FY 2012. Adding this non-VA funded R&D brings the total for VA-performed R&D to $1.87 billion in the Senate bill and $1.77 billion in the House bill.

Veterans Affairs Funding Table