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Opening Statement of Hon. John T. Salazar, a Representative in Congress from the State of Colorado

Thank you Mr. Chairman.

While many areas of this budget have proposed increases, I’m concerned to see that the Administration would like to cut funding for Medical and Prosthetic Research.

Because of advances in medicine, soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan that may not have survived in past wars. 

We have had over 50,000 soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, a large number who are amputees.

The twentieth century has seen advances never before imagined in prosthetic research. 

The most exciting advances have been in myo-electric prosthetic limbs. 

Myo-electricity involves using electrical signals from the patients arm or leg muscles to move the limb.

Just last week I had an opportunity to see this technology in action at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Mr. Chairman, I urge this committee and its members to oppose any cuts to Medical and Prosthetic Research that could damage the quality of life for our American heroes.