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Congress Passes FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill; Dedicated Peer-Reviewed Vision Research Program is Retained but Funding Level is Cut

Legislative Update
December 22, 2009

Over the weekend the Senate passed the FY2010 Defense Appropriations bill, (H.R. 3326), which maintains the dedicated Peer Reviewed Medical Research-Vision line item, although the program was cut to $3.75 million, down from the FY2009 appropriated level of $4 million. The vote was 88-10, clearing the bill to be sent to the White House for the Presidentís signature. The bill had been passed the House last week by a vote of 395-24.

The defense bill was the last of the 12 annual spending bills to be enacted. Last weekend the Senate approved six domestic spending bills that were package together in one $450 billion measure.

The original House version of the bill had increased the program to $5 million, but almost all defense medical research programs were cut in the final version of the bill.

NAEVR has issued a statement thanking Congress for maintaining the PRMR-Vision line item but expressing concern about the funding level.