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Opening Statement of Hon. John T. Salazar, a Representative in Congress from the State of Colorado (STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD)

 

Thank you Mr. Chairman for an opportunity to discuss the important issues of VA Research programs.

I would like to especially thank our witnesses this morning for their commitment to our troops.

We have made such advancements in the field of medicine that the likelihood of dying on the battlefields today is less than in previous wars.

This is the reality.  However we’ll never be able to turn those advancements into real life benefits for our men and women in uniform without the proper funding.

Earlier this year during the budget process, the Administration requested $411 million for FY 2008, a decrease of $2.7 million below FY 2007 levels. 

This committee recommended $452 million, a $38.3 million increase above FY 2007 levels, and $41 million above the VA’s request. 

Research is one of the core missions of the Veterans Health Administration, and we’re committed to providing the resources necessary to accomplish that mission.

This committee, and this congress have made a promise to care for our veterans, and fighting for proper funding is part of that promise.