On Monday, June 12, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies held a markup to debate and potentially amend and rewrite the 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Appropriations bill. The bill, which determines funding for military training and equipment, also finances veterans’ benefits and program — including a continued support for infertility service funding for America’s veterans.
Those who work in the infertility treatment field know how much this federal support assists those veterans in need of infertility services. As a result, the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) sent declarations of support for the bill to the subcommittee on Monday.
The ASRM released this statement in support of the bill:
“We are pleased that Rep. Charlie Dent, chair of the military construction VA subcommittee, has offered a bill that continues a commitment to our wounded veterans by ensuring funding is available for the VA to provide infertility services for those who served our county and as a result are in need of this care. Our wounded warriors deserve the chance to be made whole when they return from service, and this includes the chance to have children. We commend Chairman Dent and Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz for their bipartisan effort and call on the members of the subcommittee to pass this measure unaltered as the bill moves forward.”
As the House continues to amend the fiscal year 2018 budget, the final spending level is expected to be released later this month.