On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the House of Representatives Labor – Health and Human Services – Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved the draft fiscal 2013 bill. The bill passed along party lines with an 8 to 6 vote. The bill would provide a total of $150 billion in discretionary funding, which is $6.3 billion below fiscal 2012 levels and $8.8 billion less than the President requested. The full Appropriations committee markup has not been scheduled but may occur next week. The Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced its version of the bill, S. 3295, last month, calling for a discretionary spending level of $158.8 billion, which would match the President’s request.
BIAA was concerned about the House Labor – HHS – Education Appropriations bill because it called for the elimination of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) which has produced important research on Traumatic Brain Injury. Thank you, BIAA’s grassroots for reaching out to your Representatives that serves on the Labor -HHS – Education Appropriations Subcommittee to urge them to vote “no” on this bill.