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111th Congress Legislation

House Resolutions and House Concurrent Resolutions (18 bills):

H. Con. Res. 238(Rep. Larry Kissell D-NC), recognizing the difficult challenges Black veterans faced when returning home after serving in the Armed Forces, their heroic military sacrifices, and their patriotism in fighting for equal rights and for the dignity of a people and a Nation. Passed the House by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 383-0 (Roll no. 74) on February 26, 2010.

H. Con. Res. 278(Rep. Deborah L. Halvorson D-IL), Expressing the sense of Congress that a grateful Nation supports and salutes Sons and Daughters in Touch on its 20th Anniversary that is being held on Father’s Day, 2010, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, the District of Columbia. Passed the House by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 371-0 (Roll no. 291) on May 24, 2010.

H.Res. 89(Rep. Joe Baca D-CA), Supporting and encouraging greater support for Veterans Day each year. Agreed to and passed in the House under suspension of the rules by voice vote on November 2, 2009.

H. Res. 234(Rep. Linda T. Sanchez D-CA), Expressing support for designation of a “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” Agreed to and passed in the House under suspension of the rules by voice vote on March 24, 2009.

H. Res. 291(Rep. Alcee L. Hastings D-FL), Recognizing the crucial role of assistance dogs in helping wounded veterans live more independent lives, expressing gratitude to The Tower of Hope, and supporting the goals and ideals of creating a Tower of Hope Day. Agreed to and passed in the House by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 351-0 (Roll no. 833) on November 2, 2009.

H. Res. 360(Rep. David P. Roe R-TN), Urging all Americans and people of all nationalities to visit the national cemeteries, memorials, and markers on Memorial Day. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 422-0 (Roll no. 272) on May 19, 2009.

H. Res. 398(Rep. Jeff Fortenberry R-NE), recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift’s success. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 367-0 (Roll no. 836 on November 3, 2009.

H. Res. 461(Rep. Jerry McNerney D-CA), Honoring Sentinels of Freedom and commending the dedication, commitment, and extraordinary work of the organization. Agreed to by voice vote under suspension of the rules on November 2, 2009.

H. Res. 773(Rep. John Boozman R-AR), Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the United States Submarine Force. Agreed to by voice vote on November 2, 2009.

H. Res. 828(Rep. Ahn “Joseph” Cao R-LA), To recognize October 24, 2009, the 20th chartered flight of World War II veterans through Louisiana HonorAir, as "Louisiana HonorAir Day," and to honor the invaluable service and dedication of the World War II veterans to our Nation. Agreed to by voice vote on November 2, 2009

H. Res. 866(Rep. Ron Kind D-WI), Expressing support for designation of a National Veterans History Project Week to encourage public participation in a nationwide project that collects and preserves the stories of the men and women who served our nation in times of war and conflict. Passed the House by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 389-0 (Roll no. 837) on November 3, 2009.

H. Res. 868(Rep. Susan A. Davis D-CA), Honoring and recognizing the service and achievements of current and former female members of the Armed Forces. Passed the House by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 366-0 (Roll no. 858) on November 5, 2009.

H. Res. 1228, as amended(Rep. John Boozman R-AR), Honoring the veterans of Helicopter Attack Light Squadron Three and their families. Passed the House by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 410-0 (Roll no. 415) on July 1, 2010.

H. Res. 1385(Rep. Ike Skelton D-MO), Recognizing and honoring the courage and sacrifice of the members of the Armed Forces and veterans, and for other purposes. Passed the House by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 414-0 (Roll no. 303) on May 26, 2010. [House Armed Services Committee]

H.Res. 1446
(Rep. Jerry McNerney D-CA), Recognizing the residents of the City of Tracy, California, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the city's incorporation, for their century of dedicated service to the United States. Passed the House by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 419-0 (Roll no. 404) on June 30, 2010.

H.Res. 1622(Rep. Joe Baca D-CA), Honoring the historic contributions of veterans throughout all conflicts involving the United States. Passed the House by voice vote on November 30, 2010.

H.Res. 1644(Rep. Ron Kind D-WI), Expressing support for designation of a "National Veterans History Project Week". Passed the House by voice vote on November 30, 2010.

H.Res. 1746, as amended(Rep. Steve Israel D-NY), Recognizing and supporting the efforts of Welcome Back Veterans to augment the services provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans' Affairs in providing timely and world-class care for veterans and members of the Armed Forces suffering from PTSD and related psychiatric disorders. Passed the House by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 409-0 (Roll no. 621) on December 8, 2010.


House Bills (35 bills not including those which were enacted into law):

H.R. 23, as amended(Rep. Bob Filner D-CA), Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2009. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote on May 12, 2009.

H.R. 174(Rep. John T. Salazar D-CO), To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in the southern Colorado region. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill agreed to by voice vote on November 2, 2009.

H.R. 402(Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr., R-TN), would designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee as the “William C. Tallent Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic”. Passed the House by Yeas and Nays (2/3 required) 419-0, (Roll no. 536) on July 14, 2009. (Provisions were included in S. 1963, amended, which later became P.L. 111-163)

H.R. 466, amended – (Rep. Lloyd Doggett D-TX), Wounded Veteran Job Security Act. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill agreed to by voice vote on June 8, 2009.

H.R. 1017, amended(Rep. Bob Filner D-CA), Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act. Passed the House by Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 365-6 (Roll no. 292) on May 24, 2010.

H.R. 1037, amended(Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin D-SD), Veterans’ Benefits Enhancement Act of 2009. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 422-0 (Roll no. 535) on July 14, 2009. Senate struck all after the enacting clause of the bill and substituted the language of S. 728, amended. This bill is now in negotiation between the House and the Senate.

H.R. 1088(Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin D-SD), Mandatory Veteran Specialist Training Act of 2009. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill agreed to by voice vote on May 19, 2009.

H.R. 1089, amended(Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin D-SD), Veterans Employment Realignment Act of 2009. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 423-0 (Roll no. 270) on May 19, 2009.

H.R. 1106, amended(Rep. John Conyers, Jr. D-MI), Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009. Passed the House by Yeas and Nays: 234-191 (Roll no. 104) on March 5, 2009. [House Committee on Financial Services]

H.R. 1168, amended(Rep. John Boozman R-AR), Veterans Retraining Act of 2009. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 356-0 (Roll no. 832) on November 2, 2009.

H.R. 1170, amended – (Rep. John Boozman R-AR), To amend chapter 21 of title 38, United States Code, to establish a grant program to encourage the development of new assistive technologies for specially adapted housing. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, agreed to by voice vote on May 19, 2009.

H.R. 1171, amended(Rep. John Boozman R-AR), Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, agreed to by voice vote on March 30, 2009.

H.R. 1172, amended(Rep. John Boozman R-AR), To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include on the Internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs a list of organizations that provide scholarships to veterans and their survivors. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 411-0 (Roll no. 422) on June 23, 2009.

H.R. 1211, amended(Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin D-SD), Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 408-0 (Roll no. 421) on June 23, 2009.

H.R. 1293(Rep. Steve Buyer R-IN), the Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009, would provide a significant increase in the amount payable to veterans under the Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) grant program. On July 28, 2009, on the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 426-0 (Roll no. 650). Provisions were included in the final version of S. 1963, which became P.L. 111-163.

H.R. 1513(Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick D-AZ), Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, agreed to by voice vote on March 30, 2009.

H.R. 1879, amended(Rep. Mike Coffman R-CO), National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2009. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, agreed to by Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 416-1 (Roll no. 184) on March 24, 2010.

H.R. 2770, amended – (Rep. Bob Filner D-CA), which was introduced by Chairman Filner and Ranking Member Buyer, would modernize and clarify the laws governing VA Nonprofit Research Corporations (NPC). On July 27, 2009, on motion to suspend the rules and pass the bills, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 3155, amended(Rep. Michael H. Michaud D-ME), would improve and increase services to support family caregivers, by expanding outreach, education, respite care, travel benefits, and mental health counseling. The bill would also recognize the unique needs of severely wounded OEF/OIF warriors by providing a stipend to certain family caregivers, and it would extend CHAMPVA eligibility to those without health insurance.On July 27, 2009, on motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 3157(Rep. Collin C. Peterson D-MN), To name the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Alexandria, Minnesota, as the "Max J. Beilke Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic". On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 398-0 (Roll no. 839) on November 3, 2009.

H.R. 3685(Rep. Cliff Stearns R-FL), to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include on the main page of the Internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs a hyperlink to the VetSuccess Internet website and to publicize such Internet website. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 425-0 (Roll no. 551) on September 29, 2010.

H.R. 3787(Rep. Timothy J. Walz D-MN), to amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law. On September 28, 2010, on motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 3885(Rep. Henry E. Brown, Jr., (R-SC), Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 403-4 (Roll no. 298) on May 25, 2010.

H.R. 3949, amended(Rep. Bob Filner D-CA), Veterans’ Small Business Assistance and Servicemembers Protection Act of 2009. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 382-2 (Roll no. 835) on November 3, 2009. (Includes provisions from H.R. 32, 228, H.R. 761, H.R. 2461, H.R. 2614, H.R. 2696, H.R. 2874,

H.R. 3976, amended(Rep. Thomas S.P. Perriello D-VA), Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2009. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 416-4 (Roll no. 176) on March 23, 2010.

H.R. 4307(Rep. Harry Teague D-NM), to name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Artesia, New Mexico, as the "Alejandro Renteria Ruiz Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic". On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 417-0 (Roll no. 405) on June 30, 2010.

H. R. 4592, amended(Rep. Harry Teague D-NM), Energy Jobs for Veterans Act. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 397-19 (Roll no. 177) on March 23, 2010.

H.R. 4810(Rep. Bob Filner D-CA), End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2010. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 413-0 (Roll no. 170) on March 22, 2010.

H.R. 5145, amended(Rep. Jerry McNerney D-CA), Assuring Quality Care for Veterans Act. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 413-2 (Roll no. 294) on May 25, 2010.

H.R. 5360, amended(Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin D-SD), HELP Veterans Act of 2010. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote on September 28, 2010.

H.R. 5630(Rep. John Boozman R-AR), to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for qualifications for vocational rehabilitation counselors and vocational rehabilitation employment coordinators employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote on September 28, 2010.

H.R. 5953, amended(Rep. Bob Filner D-CA), To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to display in each facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs a Women Veterans Bill of Rights and to display in each prosthetics and orthotics clinic of the Department an Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights, and for other purposes. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote on November 30, 2010.

H.R. 5993, amended(Rep. Deborah L. Halvorson D-IL), SAVINGS Act of 2010. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 358-66 (Roll no. 552) on September 29, 2010.

H.R. 6132, amended(Rep. Bob Filner D-CA), Veterans Benefits and Economic Welfare Improvement Act of 2010. H.R. 6132 incorporated language from H.R. 929, H.R. 4541, H.R. 5064, H.R. 5484, and H.R. 5549. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote on September 28, 2010.


Veterans’ Legislation Enacted (15 Public Laws)

Public Law 111-37 (S. 407, amended) – (Sen. Daniel K. Akaka D-HI), Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009, was signed into law on June 30, 2009.

Public Law 111-81 (H.R. 1016, amended) – (Rep. Bob Filner D-CA), Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, was signed into law on October 22, 2009.

Public Law 111-82 (S. 1717, amended) – (Sen. Daniel K. Akaka D-HI), to authorize major medical facility leases for the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2010, and for other purposes, was signed into law on October 26, 2009.

Public Law 111-97 (S. 475) – (Sen. Richard Burr R-NC), Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, was signed into law on November 11, 2009.

Public Law 111-98 (S. 509) – (Sen. Patty Murray D-WA), to authorize a major medical facility project at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Walla Walla, Washington, and for other purposes, was signed into law on November 11, 2009.

Public Law 111-137 (H.R. 1377, amended) – (Rep. Bob Filner D-CA), to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand veteran eligibility for reimbursement by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for emergency treatment furnished in a non-Department facility, and for other purposes, was signed into law on February 1, 2010.

Public Law 111-156 (H. J. Res. 80)(Rep. Deborah L. Halvorson D-IL), Recognizing and honoring the Blinded Veterans Association on its 65th anniversary of representing blinded veterans and their families, was signed into law on April 7, 2010.

Public Law 111-163 (S. 1963, amended)(Sen. Daniel Akaka D-HI), Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, was signed into law on May 5, 2010.

Public Law 111-164 (H.R. 4360)(Rep. John Campbell R-CA), To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs blind rehabilitation center in Long Beach, California, as the "Major Charles Robert Soltes, Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center" was signed into law on May 7, 2010.

Public Law 111-246 (H.R. 4505)(Rep. Mac Thornberry R-TX), to enable State homes to furnish nursing home care to parents any of whose children died while serving in the Armed Services, was signed into law on September 30, 2010.

Public Law 111-247 (H.R. 4667)(Rep. Thomas S.P. Perriello D-VA), Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010, was signed into law on September 30, 2010.

Public Law 111-275 (H.R. 3219, amended)(Rep. Bob Filner D-CA), Veterans’ Insurance and Health Care Improvement Act of 2009, was signed into law on October 13, 2010.

Public Law 111-339 (S. 3860)(Sen. Claire McCaskill D-MO), A bill to require reports on the management of Arlington National Cemetery, was signed into law on December 22, 2010.

Public Law 111-346 (S. 4058)(Sen. John F. Kerry D-MA), Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2010, was signed into law on December 29, 2010.

Public Law 111-346 (S. 3447)(Sen. Daniel Akaka D-HI), Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, was signed into law on January 4, 2011.

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