Posted June 1, 2012
Yesterday, the House approved its FY 2013 Military Construction/Veterans appropriations bill (H.R. 5854) on a 407-12 vote. The bill meets the President’s request to hold Department of Veterans Affairs R&D flat from FY 2012, at $1.2 billion in direct funding. None of the floor amendments change the topline R&D figures originally estimated from the Appropriations Committee bill, though one amendment (H. Amdt. 1158), introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and approved via voice vote, ensures that the VA dedicates at least $35 million to posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. R&D in the House bill also matches the Senate’s version, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 22 and awaits action on the Senate floor. See Chapter 12 of the AAAS FY 2013 R&D budget report for more information on VA R&D (PDF).