Veterans Affairs Committees in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have been focused on packaging Veteran-related bills to get them on the floor. They’ve heard testimony from many experts from a number of well-respected veterans support groups, and have moved some bills forward to the next phase of action.
The House VA Committee cleared six Veterans bills this week. The following bills will now move to the House floor for consideration and debate:
This bill was amended to include more stringent reporting requirements for VA which the committee hopes will pressure VA to update and improve its sexual trauma regulations. Unfortunately the bill still does not require a much-supported law change that would align Military Sexual Trauma claims with combat PTSD regulations.
This bill included the original provision which requires public universities to charge only what is equal to in-state tuition for veterans, and includes a controversial new amendment banning bonuses for senior VA executives for the next five years. It also contains provisions of 6 other bills including:
- HR 1405, To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include an appeals form in any notice of decision issued for the denial of a benefit sought.
- HR 1305, To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide clarification regarding eligibility for services under the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
- HR 562, The VRAP Extension Act seeks to provide for a three-month extension of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
- HR 1453, Work-Study for Veterans Act seeks to extend the authority to provide work-study allowance for certain activities by individuals receiving educational assistance by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
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