House OKs Langevin plan on spinal cord research

By News Staff


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A proposal by Rep. Jim Langevin to increase spending on spinal cord research by $15 million has passed the House, although President Obama has threatened a veto because the bill it's attached to breaks a budget deal Congress backed last year.
Langevin's proposal would bring spending on the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program to $30 million next fiscal year.
The Rhode Island Democrat, who is quadriplegic, says many people in the armed forces sustain spinal cord injuries in combat, and that funding such research will help them.
Obama has threatened a veto because it is part of a larger bill that increases defense spending, violating spending levels previously agreed to by the House.
Langevin says his proposal is fully paid for by a reduction in operations and maintenance funding.