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Rep. Brat Amendment Passes House to Defund Harmful Dog Testing at VA Hospitals

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Washington, July 26, 2017 | Juliana Heerschap (2022252815) | comments
WASHINGTON - Rep. Dave Brat issued the following statement after his bipartisan amendment to the Making America Secure Appropriations Act of 2018 passed the House floor unanimously on Wednesday.

The Brat Amendment was cosponsored by Reps. Dina Titus, Ted Poe, Ro Khanna, Brian Mast, and Ted Lieu. The amendment would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from funding medical experiments on dogs that causes significant pain or harm.  After the Los Angeles VA Medical Center halted planned tests on narcoleptic dogs last month, there are four remaining VA facilities with dog testing laboratories, including the lab in the Richmond VA Medical Center. The amendment is similar to language Rep. Brat introduced in the PUPPERS Act.

“The experiments being conducted at the at the McGuire VA hospital in Richmond are horrific and inhumane. Alternative and kinder medical testing methods exist that do not require hurting and killing puppies. My family had a Doberman and he was part of our family. I cannot imagine conducting these types of tests on man’s best friend.

“These Dog testing experiments at the VA are consuming limited taxpayer dollars, medical staff time, and office space that could be better utilized to deliver health care for veterans. The VA’s first priority should be caring for our veterans, not harming man's best friend.”

View Rep. Brat's floor speech here.
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