January 2015 issue of The AVMA Advocate
AVMA highlights legislative accomplishments for the 113th Congress
The 113th Congress, which concluded its session on Jan. 3, dealt with many domestic and foreign policy challenges, and partisan gridlock intensified ahead of the 2014 elections. Despite the fact that many issues will fall on the current 114th Congress to resolve, the AVMA was pleased to see many of our legislative priorities for veterinary medicine advance last Congress.
Educational debt in the United States now exceeds $1.1 trillion—surpassing national credit card debt and auto loan debt—and because student borrowers struggle to manage their debt, lawmakers have signaled that they will work on improving student financial aid in the 114th Congress.
President Obama has threatened to veto H.R. 240, which would fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and includes monies for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) for fiscal 2015.
AVMA leadership proudly presented Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) with the 2014 AVMA Advocacy Award on Dec. 12 for being a true champion for veterinary medicine in the halls of Congress.
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