APA Science GRO Continues Push on Capitol Hill for Veterans’ Research

Science GRO’s Heather Kelly and her veterans’ research coalition colleagues are meeting with Members of Congress to get their suport for $575 million in Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) for the VA’s intramural research account and $142 million designated in the VA’s Minor Construction Account to renovate VA research lab facilities. The APA is encouraging appropriations to the VA be a 2-year cycle, instead of only one.
Science GRO’s Heather Kelly and her veterans’ research coalition colleagues continued their push this month to meet individually with staff for all 70 Members of Congress on House and Senate committees with authorizing (policy-related) or appropriating (funding) power over the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The two “asks” in each meeting this year are for $575 million in Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) for the VA’s intramural research account and for $142 million designated in the VA’s Minor Construction Account to renovate VA research lab facilities.  Both of these numbers are echoed in the annual veterans’ organization document, The Independent Budget, as well as in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s own Views and Estimates released earlier this spring.  President Obama and Democrats in the Senate also have begun discussing the possibility of moving towards two-year appropriations for the VA, though it appears unlikely to happen in the current legislative year due to pushback from House appropriators in particular.  APA will present formal, oral testimony on its appropriations recommendations for VA research in late April.