U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs

05/04/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/04/2021 17:00

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Passes 25 Bills for Veterans

May 04, 2021

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Passes 25 Bills for Veterans

Legislation builds equity for veterans, provides economic support & COVID-19 relief, and improves oversight at VA

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Jenni Geurink (202-819-4684)

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a Full Committee Markup passing all 25 bills on the agenda, including legislation to build equity for all veterans, improve mental healthcare access, provide COVID-19 relief, strengthen oversight of VA, and expand economic opportunities for veterans. By passing these bills, the Committee can advance Chairman Takano's priorities to build a more welcoming VA, combat veteran suicide, improve educational opportunities, and provide rigorous oversight of VA. The Committee also approved its Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Views and Estimates Letter. All bill text can be found here.

'The bills we considered today represent a strong bipartisan effort to help veterans recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and access economic and educational opportunities with their VA benefits,' said Chairman Takano. 'These bills also showcase a concerted effort to build equity and reach out to underserved veterans and those who served as allies to our country during times of war to ensure that they can access the benefits they have earned. Additionally, we discussed many strong oversight bills that will bring transparency and accountability to VA's operations as well as key legislation to increase access to mental healthcare. I thank each and every Member for their work on these bills and for helping this Committee continue its work to advance sound policies on behalf of our nation's veterans.'

A full list of bills passed can be found below:

  1. H.R. 234 - Korean American VALOR Act (Rep. Takano)
  1. H.R. 2195 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the scope of procedural rights of members of the uniformed services with respect to their employment and reemployment rights, and for other purposes (Rep. Cicilline)
  1. H.R. 1948 - VA Employee Fairness Act (Rep. Takano)
  1. H.R. 2911 - VA Transparency and Trust Act of 2021 (Rep. Bost)
  1. H.R. 958 - Protecting Moms Who Served Act (Rep. Underwood)
  1. H.R. 239 - Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act (Rep. Brownley)
  1. H.R. 2441 - Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act of 2021 (Rep. Axne)
  1. H.R. 2545 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the role of doctors of podiatric medicine in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes (Rep. Wenstrup)
  1. H.R. 2093 - Providing Benefits Information in Spanish and Tagalog for Veterans and Families Act (Rep. Jeffries)
  1. H.R. 2935 - VA Beneficiary Debt Collection Improvement Act (Rep. Pappas)
  1. H.R. 293 - VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act (Rep. Bost)
  1. H.R. 1257 - Homeless Veterans Credit Act (Rep. Pallone)
  1. H.R. 2704 - Improving VA Accountability to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Act (Rep. Pappas)
  1. H.R. 2788 VA Equal Employment Counseling Modernization Act (Rep. Lamb)
  1. H.R. 2429 - VA Police Improvement and Accountability Act (Rep. Rice)
  1. H.R. 2726 - VA FOIA Reform Act of 2021(Rep. Gallego)
  1. H.R. 290 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to render an individual, who transfers certain educational assistance, to which the individual is entitled because of an agreement by such individual to serve in the Armed Forces, to a dependent of that individual, and who fails to complete such agreement, solely liable for the overpayment of such educational assistance (Rep. Bost)
  1. H.R. 2419 - Affordable Housing for Homeless Veterans Act (Rep. Mann)
  1. H.R. 2494 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish in the Department the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration, and for other purposes (Rep. Wenstrup)
  1. H.R. 2082 - VA Supply Chain Resiliency Act (Rep. Bost)
  1. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Brownley to H.R. 711 - West LA VA Campus Improvement Act of 2021 (Rep. Lieu)
  1. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Bost to H.R. 1510 - Veterans Camera Reporting (VCR) Act (Rep. McKinley)
  1. A.N.S offered by Rep. Bost to H.R. 1448 - PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act (Rep. Stivers)
  1. A.N.S., as amended, offered by Rep. Moore to H.R. 2167- GI Bill NEED Act (Rep. Sherrill)
  1. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Miller-Meeks to H.R. 2878 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program (Rep. Gallego)

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