Accomplishments

For too long, the needs of America’s veterans had been forgotten or not given the attention they deserve. Even during wartime, budgets for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) failed to keep up with the real needs of veterans. 

The cost of war is high. Too many veterans remain uncompensated for their service, and there is much to be done to prepare to keep the promises made to today’s fighting troops. Meeting the needs of America’s veterans is a fundamental cost of war – and will remain a top priority.

 

Legislation Enacted into Law

The Clay Hunt SAV Act (H.R. 203)

Introduced by Rep. Tim Walz

The Clay Hunt SAV Act will increase access to mental health care by increasing the capacity of the VA to meet current demands, improving the quality of care offered by the VA, and developing a community support system for veterans.

Status: Public Law No: 114-2 (Signed by the President on 2/12/2015)

 

House-Passed Bills

Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 216)

Introduced by Rep. Corrine Brown

H.R. 216 would ensure the VA is better able to match estimates with demands and better able to meet the needs of veterans today and tomorrow by creating the Future-Years Veterans Program requiring the VA to annually submit a five-year budget plan, a Quadrennial Veterans Review to better assist in the preparation of the five-year budget plan, and requiring the Secretary of the VA to provide annual policy guidance to ensure the VA’s near-term budgets are aligned with the VA’s long term strategy.

Status: Pending in Senate (House Passed 3/24/2015)

Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief Act (H.R. 1313)

Introduced by Rep. Jerry McNerney

The Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief Act would treat the surviving spouse of a service-disabled veteran as such veteran for purposes of eligibility for VA service-disabled small business contracting goals and preferences for either 10 years, if the veteran was 100% disabled or died from service-connected disability, or if the veteran was less than 100% disabled or died from a cause unrelated to their service, the spouse may receive contracting goals and preference for 3 years after the veteran spouse’s death.

Status: Pending in Senate (House Passed 5/18/2015)

Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act (H.R. 1382)

Introduced by Rep. Kathleen Rice

The BRAVE Act would authorize the VA to give preference to contractors, based on the percentage of full-time veteran employees employed by the contractor, when awarding a contract or task order.

Status: Pending in Senate (House Passed 5/18/2015)

 

Legislation Introduced by the Ranking Member

CHAMPVA Children’s Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 218)

Introduced by Rep. Corrine Brown

Status: Pending in House (Introduced 1/8/2015)

 

To amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent the pilot program on counseling in retreat settings for women veterans newly separated from service in the Armed Forces.  (H.R. 1575)

Introduced by Rep. Corrine Brown

Status: Pending in House (Favorably forwarded to House from Full Committee on 5/21/2015)

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for increased access to Department of Veterans Affairs medical care for women veterans.  (H.R. 2054)

Introduced by Rep. Corrine Brown

Status: Pending in Subcommittee on Health (Referred to Subcommittee on 5/26/2015)

 

To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to transfer unobligated amounts previously made available to the Department of Veterans Affairs to the medical accounts of the Department to improve the furnishing of health care to veterans. (H.R. 3200)

Introduced by Rep. Corrine Brown

Status: Pending in Subcommittee on Health (Referred to Subcommittee on 8/5/2015)

 

To provide for the temporary use of Veterans Choice Funds for certain programs, and for other purposes. (H.R. 3246)

Introduced by Rep. Corrine Brown

Status: Pending in Subcommittee on Health (Referred to Subcommittee on 8/5/2015)

 

Legislation Pending in the Full Committee

Veterans Access to a Speedy Review Act (H.R. 732)

Introduced by Rep. Raul Ruiz

Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee in the Nature of a Substitute by Voice Vote on 5/14/2015

 

Express Appeals Act (H.R. 800)

Introduced by Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee in the Nature of a Substitute by Voice Vote on 7/9/2015

 

GI Bill Fairness Act of 2015 (H.R. 1141)

Introduced by Rep. Mark Takano

Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote on 2/26/2015

 

Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2015 (H.R. 1331)

Introduced by Rep. Tim Walz

Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote on 5/14/2015

 

Pay As You Rate Act (H.R. 1414)

Introduced by Rep. Dina Titus

Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee in the Nature of a Substitute by Voice Vote on 5/14/2015

 

Work-Study for Student Veterans Act (H.R. 2361)

Introduced by Rep. Mark Takano

Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote on 6/25/2015

 

Veterans’ Survivors Claims Processing Automation Act of 2015 (H.R. 2691)

Introduced by Rep. Raul Ruiz

Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote on 7/9/2015

 

Legislation Pending in the Subcommittee on Health

Veterans Healthcare Improvement Act (H.R. 90)

Introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley

Referred to the Subcommittee on Health on 2/6/2015

 

Veterans Medical Access Act (H.R. 288)

Introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley

Referred to the Subcommittee on Health on 2/6/2015

 

Expanding Care for Veterans Act (H.R. 444)

Introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley

Referred to the Subcommittee on Health on 2/6/2015

 

Ask Veterans Act (H.R. 1319)

Introduced by Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Referred to the Subcommittee on Health 3/27/2015

 

Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (H.R. 1948)

Introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley

Referred to the Subcommittee on Health on 5/11/2015

 

Legislation Pending in the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

Help Hire Our Heroes Act (H.R. 607)

Introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley

Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on 2/13/2015

 

Work for Warriors Act of 2015 (H.R. 1227)

Introduced by Rep. Mark Takano

Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on 3/13/2015

 

VA Employee Fairness Act of 2015 (H.R. 2193)

Introduced by Rep. Mark Takano

Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on 5/26/2015

 

Fair VA Accountability Act (H.R. 2999)

Introduced by Rep. Mark Takano

Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on 7/17/2015

 

Support for Student Veterans with Families Act (H.R. 3419)

Introduced by Rep. Dina Titus

Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on 8/6/2015

 

Legislation Pending in the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

To establish a task force to evaluate the backlog of appeals to claims submitted to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (H.R. 517)

Introduced by Rep. Dina Titus

Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs on 2/6/2015

 

Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act (H.R. 1598)

Introduced by Rep. Dina Titus

Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs on 4/7/2015

 

Veteran’s Benefits Claims Faster Filing Act of 2015 (H.R. 2193)

Introduced by Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs on 5/26/2015

 

Agent Orange Extension Act of 2015 (H.R. 3423)

Introduced by Rep. Tim Walz

Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs on 8/6/2015