BIAA Submits Testimony to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee
Also this week, BIAA submitted written testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee in charge of funding TBI programs within the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education. BIAA's testimony urges an increase in funding in Fiscal Year 2009 for programs authorized through the TBI Act, as well as TBI research programs conducted within the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
Within the testimony, BIAA requests $30 million in funding for programs authorized through the TBI Act, as well as sufficient funding to sustain and increase medical rehabilitation research within NIDRR. The testimony also urges an allocation of at least $8.3 million to allow NIDRR to continue to fund 16 TBI Model Systems research centers.
In addition, BIAA played a leading role, along with other national organizations, in recent weeks in drafting and circulating an organizational sign-on letter in support of FY09 TBI appropriations. The letter, which was signed by over 25 organizations – including several veterans organizations – was recently delivered to both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.
Copies of both BIAA's written testimony and the Organizational Sign-On Letter in support of appropriations for TBI programs can be obtained by visiting BIAA's website at the following address: http://www.biausa.org/policyissues.htm.