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House Committee On Veterans’ Affairs Advances 18 Bills To Support Veterans

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a business meeting to welcome new Committee member Rep. Connie Conway (R-Calif.) and authorize the Women Veterans Task Force, and a full committee markup advancing 18 bills to strengthen healthcare and benefits for America’s veterans.

These bills will enhance VA’s ability to deliver high-quality and timely healthcare and benefits to America’s veterans by expanding support for homeless veterans, improving efficiency in benefits payments, providing greater coverage for emergency care, improving VA’s recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals, ensuring VA is better equipped to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ veterans, ensuring VA education benefits are distributed equitably to those previously ineligible based on discharge status, making VA home loan benefits more competitive, making permanent veterans protections during times of emergency, and increasing cost of living adjustments to disability compensation benefits.

“The bills on today’s agenda help the Committee make good on its commitment to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment at VA — one that meets the unique needs of all veterans,” said Chairman Takano. “From strengthening housing programs to modernizing how veterans receive their benefits, the 18 bills the Committee advanced today will empower VA to support veterans’ ability to lead a life of meaning and purpose after they hang up their uniforms. The vote to authorize the Women Veterans Task Force for the 117th Congress will allow the Committee to continue to do close engagement on issues impacting the growing number of women veterans. I also want to extend a warm welcome to fellow Californian Representative Connie Conway to the Committee and we hope to work closely with her on the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.”

A full list of the bills passed can be found below:

  1. H.R. 8260 – Faster Payments to Veteran Survivors Act of 2022 (Rep. Pappas)
  2. H.R. 7846 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act of 2022 (Rep. Luria)
  3. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Mace to H.R. 7299 – Strengthening VA Cybersecurity (SVAC) Act of 2022 (Rep. Mrvan)
  4. H.R. 8003 – Restore Veterans Dignity Act of 2022 (Rep. Cherfilus-McCormick)
  5. H.R. 8215 – VOICE Act of 2022 (Rep. Slotkin)
  6. H.R. 6647 – RELIEVE Act (Rep. McMorris-Rodgers)
  7. H.R. 5606 – Return Home to Housing Act (Rep. Williams)
  8. H.R. 5776 – Serving Our LGBTQ Veterans Act (Rep. Kahele)
  9. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Brownley to H.R. 6823 – Elizabeth Dole Home and Community Based Service for Veterans and Caregivers Act of 2022 (Rep. Brownley)
  10. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Brownley to H.R. 3693 – VA CPE Modernization Act (Rep. Brownley)
  11. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Bost  to H.R. 291 – VA COST SAVINGS Enhancements Act (Rep. Bost)
  12. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Bost to H.R. 5752 – Emergency Relief for Servicemembers Act (Rep. Levin)
  13. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Levin to H.R. 7939 – Student Veteran Emergency Relief Act of 2022 (Rep. Levin)
  14. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Nehls to H.R. 7188 – Modernizing Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Benefit Questionnaires Act (Rep. Nehls)
  15. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Bost to H.R. 7735 – Improving Access to the VA Home Loan Benefit Act of 2022 (Rep. Bost)
  16. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Trone to H.R. 8313, as amended – House Every Veteran Act (Rep. O’Halleran)
  17. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Takano to H.R. 5916 – Wounded Warrior Access Act (Rep. Aguilar)
  18. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Bost to H.R. 6671, as amended – To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that a member of the Armed Forces, granted a general discharge under honorable conditions on the sole basis that such member failed to obey a lawful order to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, is eligible for certain educational assistance administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Rep. Fitzgerald)

SOURCE: veterans.house.gov


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