Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced a package of appropriations bills approved by the Senate Thursday protects $40 million in funding for the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Consultation Program, run out of the National Center for PTSD at White River Junction, Vt.
The PTSD Consultation Program was created by Leahy in fiscal year 2013 and faced a $20 million, or 50 percent, cut in President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget. With bipartisan support, Leahy successfully rejected the President’s proposal.
The National Center for PTSD and the PTSD Brain Bank in White River Junction were the first organizations of their kind in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and were created with crucial support from Leahy.
Leahy said: “The National Center for PTSD and the PTSD Brain Bank in White River Junction are conducting invaluable work in understanding PTSD. Caring for our veterans requires more than platitudes. It takes real investments to fund the doctors and researchers who help veterans every day. This research will help find ways to better care for the full spectrum of wounds and health problems experienced by veterans today, including PTSD and other mental health illnesses. To cut this program would have been shortsighted and reckless.”
The package passed by the Senate Thursday included the Military Construction and Veteran Affairs and Related Agencies, Legislative Branch, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bills and must now pass the House and be signed into law by the President.
Senator Leahy’s full statement is available HERE: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/vice-chairman-patrick-leahy-d-vt-statement-on-on-senate-passage-of-the-minibus-i-conference-report
A conference report summary is available HERE: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/senate-appropriations-committee-vice-chairman-leahy-d-vt-releases-conference-agreement-summary-for-minibus-i
Conference report text is available HERE: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Conference%20Report%20to%20accompany%20H.R.%205895.pdf