Science GRO Staffer Testifies before Congress on VA Research Funding
On Thursday, April 23, APA member and Science Directorate staffer Heather Kelly presented APA’s oral testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. This Congressional Subcommittee drafts the annual appropriations legislation that funds the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) before presenting it to the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration and eventually a vote from the entire House, while the Senate begins its work marking up its own version of a funding bill. At the time, President Obama had not yet released his detailed Fiscal Year 2010 budget for the VA, so the outside advocacy communities developed their own projections for the level of support needed at the VA to care for veterans and invest in the VA research program. Good news for VA research arrived with the President’s recent budget release, which proposed $580 million for the research account – an increase of 70 million.