APA and coalition colleagues meet with VA staffers about FY12 research funding

APA urged the House to accede to the higher Senate request for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Fiscal Year 2012 intramural research account
Science GRO staff secured a July 7 meeting with two senior staffers from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies. Joined by colleagues from the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) coalition, APA urged the House to accede to the higher Senate request for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Fiscal Year 2012 intramural research account. President Obama’s budget proposed a deep cut to this research program — slashing it from the current funding level of $581 million to $509 million. In June the House passed its bill with an amendment from Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) that added $22 million to the Administration’s number (for a total of $531 million), whereas the Senate bill, just passed at the end of July, would provide $581 million for VA research (keeping it flat with Fiscal Year 2011). Science GRO and FOVA will continue to advocate for restoring proposed cuts to the VA research budget as conference negotiations proceed throughout the summer and early fall.