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115th Congress Legislation

Signed into Law

H.R. 3819: The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2017

H.R. 3819, introduced by Rep. Brian Mast, would extend a number of expiring authorities impacting veterans’ benefits, health care, and homeless programs, including nursing home care, support services for caregivers, transportation, child care assistance, adaptive sports programs and housing and home loan services. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 3218: The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, would remove time restrictions to use the GI Bill, enabling future eligible recipients to use their GI bill benefits for their entire lives, as opposed to the current 15-year timeline. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2519: The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act

The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, introduced by Chairman Roe3 and Ranking Member Walz, would authorize the Department of the Treasury to mint and issue commemorative coins in recognition and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the American Legion. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2288: The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017

The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, introduced by Reps. Mike Bost and Elizabeth Esty, would modernize the appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1329: The Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2017

The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017, introduced by DAMA Chairman Mike Bost and Ranking Member Elizabeth Esty, would increase the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities as well as the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans as of December 1st, 2017. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 244: HIRE Vets Act

The HIRE Vets Act, introduced by Rep. Paul Cook, as amended, would require the Department of Labor to establish a HIRE Vets Medallion Program to recognize companies for their efforts to employ veterans. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

S. 1094: The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 would create a new streamlined and efficient process to remove, demote or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct with a concrete shortened timeline, while still protecting employees’ due process rights, and would provide them with the right to appeal the action. It would also provide expanded protections for whistleblowers and would specifically bar VA from using this removal authority if the employee has an open whistleblower complaint/case with the Office of Special Counsel. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

S. 114: A bill to authorize appropriations for the Veterans Choice Program

S. 114 would provide $2 billion to continue the Choice Program for six months while Congress works on other reforms to the Choice Program. It would also authorize 28 major medical facility leases and enhance the recruitment, retention and training of the VA workforce. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

Senate companion to H.R. 369: Eliminating the Sunset Date of the Choice Act

The Eliminating the Sunset Date of the Choice Act, introduced by Chairman Phil Roe, M.D., would eliminate the statutory sunset date for the Choice Program and instead allow the program to continue until the original funding has been expended. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.


Passed House

H.R. 4173: The Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017

The Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Jim Banks, would require VA to conduct a study on the outcomes and efficacy of the Veterans Crisis Line based on an analysis of national suicide data and data collected from the VCL. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 3949: Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act 

The VALOR Act, introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna, would simplify an approval process by allowing companies to register their apprenticeship programs with one central approval agency. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 3705: Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act

The Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act, introduced by Rep. Chellie Pingree, would also instruct VA to use plain language in its debt notices to provide a clear explanation of why VA is alleging that the veteran owes such a debt. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 3657: To expand authority to provide headstones and markers to eligible spouses and dependents in tribal veterans cemeteries

H.R. 3657, introduced by Rep. Bruce Poliquin, would authorize VA to provide headstones and markers to eligible spouses and dependents who are buried or interred at tribal veterans cemeteries. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 3656: To establish a consistent applicability date for provision of memorial headstones and markers for eligible non-veteran individuals

H.R. 3656, introduced by Rep. Jim Banks, would provide a headstone or marker for all eligible non-veterans who die on or after November 11, 1998. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 3634: The Securing Electronic Records for Veterans Ease (SERVE) Act of 2017

The SERVE Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Jim Himes, would make BAH documentation available online to all veterans, which would help confirm a veteran’s monthly housing stipend and simplify their home or apartment rental process. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 3562: To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs

H.R. 3561, introduced by EO Chairman Jodey Arrington and Ranking Member Beto O'Rourke, would give VA-designated appraisers the ability to rely solely on information from approved third parties, such as a desktop appraisal, when determining a home’s value for a VA home loan. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 3262: Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act

The Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act, introduced by Rep. Kuster, would direct VA to carry out the Grow Our Own Directive or G.O.O.D. pilot program to provide educational assistance to certain former members of the Armed Forces with medical or military health experience for education and training as VA physician assistants. Click here for more information.

H.R. 3122: Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017                     

The Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Matt Cartwright, directs VA to work with federal agencies and states to develop and implement standards that protect individuals who are eligible for this increased pension from dishonest, predatory or otherwise unlawful practices. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2781: Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act

The Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act, introduced by Rep. Dunn, directs VA to work with GSA to increase the number of Service-Disabled Veteran and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses represented on the contracts, or else stop using the contracts, thereby closing the loophole that is denying veterans the opportunities the Supreme Court ruled they are entitled to in Kingdomware. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2772: The VA Senior Executive Accountability Act

The VA Senior Executive Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Taylor, will improve transparency by requiring VA to inform Congress about where senior executives are being moved. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2749: The Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2017

The Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2017, introduced by Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Bergman and Ranking Member Anne Kuster, would require participants in the Vets First Program to certify that they are performing the required percentage of work and directs VA to refer suspected violators to the Office of the Inspector General for investigation. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2601: Veterans Increased Choice for Transplanted Organs and Recovery (VICTOR) Act 

The Veterans Increased Choice for Transplanted Organs and Recovery (VICTOR) Act, introduced by Rep. Neal Dunn, would enable veterans who aren’t able to access care at a VA transplant center to seek care at a community transplant facility. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 2123: Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS) Act

The VETS Act, introduced by Rep. Glenn Thompson, would give the VA Secretary the legislative authority to allow VA providers to practice telemedicine across state lines. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 2006: The VA Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act
The VA Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Coffman, would encourage efficiency and transparency in VA’s procurement processes by mandating high level parameters for how the department calculates its savings from encouraging competition when awarding procurement contracts. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1900: National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act, introduced by Rep. Steve Stivers, would designate the Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio, as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1848: Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017

The Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017, introduced by Chairman Phil Roe, M.D., would create a two-year medical scribes pilot program within VA. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1725: The Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017

The Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017, introduced by Ranking Member Walz, as amended, seeks to reduce the number of unnecessary disability examinations by requiring additional information be provided to Congress regarding VA’s use of private medical evidence in support of claims for disability compensation. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1690: The Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act

The Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Tenney, would enhance the transparency of high-dollar bonuses being provided to senior executives at VA by requiring VA submit an annual report to Congress on senior VA leadership bonus awards. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1662: Legislation to Prohibit Smoking in Any VHA Facility

H.R. 1662, introduced by Health Chairman Brad Wenstrup, would prohibit smoking in any VHA facility. Under this legislation, smoking would be banned inside VHA facilities immediately and outside VHA facilities within five years. Click herefor more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1545: The VA Prescription Data Accountability Act

The VA Prescription Data Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Annie Kuster, would clarify current law to stipulate that VHA is required to disclose information to state controlled substance monitoring programs for anyone – veteran or non-veteran – who is prescribed these medications through VA. Click here  for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1367: "To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes"

This legislation, introduced by Health Chairman Brad Wenstrup, would establish a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at VA and create opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and a promotional track for technical experts. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1259: The VA Accountability First Act of 2017

The VA Accountability First Act of 2017, introduced by Chairman Phil Roe, M.D., would provide the VA Secretary increased flexibility to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service employees, for performance or misconduct. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1181: Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act

The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, introduced by Chairman Phil Roe, M.D., would prohibit VA from considering any beneficiary who is assisted by a fiduciary as “mentally defective” without a magistrate or judicial authority ruling that the beneficiary is a danger to themselves or others. Click here for more information. Read the bill here. This legislation passed the House with bipartisan support on March 16, 2017, and is supported by the National Disability Rights Network and the National Rifle Association.

H.R. 1162: The No Hero Left Untreated Act

The No Hero Left Untreated Act, introduced by Rep. Stephen Knight, would require VA to carry out a one-year pilot program at up to two VA medical facilities to provide access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy to veterans with PTSD, TBI, MST, chronic pain or opiate addiction for up to 50 veterans. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1133: Veterans Transplant Coverage Act

 The Veterans Transplant Coverage Act, introduced by Rep. John Carter, would authorize VA to provide all care and services needed for a veteran to receive an organ transplant from a live donor, regardless of whether the donor is eligible for VA health care or whether the health care facility is part of the VA. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1066: The VA Management Alignment Act of 2017

The VA Management Alignment Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Derek Kilmer, would require VA to submit a report regarding the roles, responsibility, and accountability of elements and individuals of VA, using the findings of the Independent Assessment, the Commission on Care, and relevant GAO reports as resources. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 1058: The VA Provider Equity Act

The VA Provider Equity Act, Introduced by Rep. Wenstrup, would make podiatrists equal to their physician peers in terms of pay and eligibility for promotion and leadership positionsClick here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1005: "To improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans"

H.R. 1005, introduced by Rep. Lee Zeldin, would direct VA to enter into an agreement or a contract with state veterans homes to pay for adult day health care for a veteran eligible for, but not receiving, nursing home care. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 974: Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act

The BRAVE Act, introduced by Rep. Kathleen Rice, is designed to boost veteran employment by allowing VA to give preference when awarding procurement contracts to government contractors who employ veterans on a fulltime basis Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 918: The Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act

The Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, introduced by Rep. Coffman, would require VA to provide an initial mental health assessment and any subsequent mental health services required to meet urgent mental health care needs to former service members who would otherwise be ineligible for such services because they were discharged from military service under OTH conditions. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.  

H.R. 512: WINGMAN Act

The WINGMAN Act, introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho, allows designated permanent, full time Congressional staffers to look up the status of a veteran's claim on VA’s database - but only if the veteran has given the staffer permission. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 467: The VA Scheduling Accountability Act

The VA Scheduling Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Jackie Walorski, would require VA medical center directors to certify annually that their facility is in compliance with the scheduling directive (or any successor directive that replaces it), prohibit VA from waiving certification, and require VA to report to Congress on individual medical facilities’ compliance. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 282: The Military Residency Choice Act

The Military Residency Choice Act, introduced by Rep. Stefanik, would amend the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to permit the spouse of a service member to elect to use the same residence as the service member for purposes of taxation and voting, regardless of the date that they were married. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 95: Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act

The Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, introduced by Rep. Brownley, requires VA to carry out a pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of providing child care services for veterans receiving mental health services and other intensive health care services. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 28: The Biological Implant Tracking and Veterans Safety Act

The Biological Implant Tracking and Veterans Safety Act, introduced by Chairman Phil Roe, M.D., directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to adopt the FDA’s unique device identification system (UDI) for labeling of all biological implants and to implement an automated inventory system to ensure veterans do not receive expired or otherwise contaminated tissue. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 27: The Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act

The Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Ryan Costello, would require all reprimands and admonishments given to VA employees to remain in their file for as long as they are employed by the department. Click here for more information. Read the bill here


Passed Committee

H.R. 3561: To amend title 38, United States Code, to permit appraisers approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make appraisals for purposes of chapter 37 of such title based on inspections performed by third parties

H.R. 3561, introduced by EO Chairman Jodey Arrington and Ranking Member Beto O'Rourke, would give VA-designated appraisers the ability to rely solely on information from approved third parties, such as a desktop appraisal, when determining a home’s value for a VA home loan. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1461, as amended: Veterans, Employees and Taxpayer (VET) Protection Act

Veterans, Employees and Taxpayer (VET) Protection Act, introduced by EO Chairman Jodey Arrington, would require VA to track the use of official time and prohibit employees involved with direct patient care from spending more than 25% of their time on union activities and any VA employee from spending more than 50% of their time on union activities. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1379: "To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the entitlement to educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs for members of the Armed Forces awarded the Purple Heart."

Read the bill here

H.R. 91: The Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act

The Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act, introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a permanent program to provide reintegration and readjustment services in group retreat settings to women veterans newly separated from service in the Armed Forces after a prolonged deployment. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.


Introduced

H.R. 4245: The Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017

The Veterans' Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017, introduced by Chairman Roe, Ranking Member Walz, and O&I Chairman Jack Bergman and Ranking Member Annie Kuster would direct VA to provide Congress with the project’s key planning and implementation documents, in addition to copies of the contracts, to indicate the effort’s progress and how the money is being spent. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 4243:The Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Act of 2017

The AIR Act of 2017, introduced by Chairman Roe, would require VA to develop criteria to assess and recommend changes to VA medical facilities and would establish a commission to review VA’s recommendations, conduct public hearings, and report the Commission’s findings for the modernization and realignment of VA medical facilities to the president and, if approved, Congress. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

The VA Care in the Community Act, introduced by Chairman Roe and Ranking Member Walz, would consolidate VA’s existing community care programs into one cohesive program and would modernize VA’s medical claims processing system to ensure that community providers can expect to be paid on time for the care they provide to veterans on VA’s behalf. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

The Veterans Armed for Success Act, introduced by Rep. John Rutherford, would require the VA Secretary to provide grants to eligible third-party organizations to offer additional transition and employment assistance services to recently separated veterans. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 3169: The VA Acquisition Workforce Improvement and Streamlining Act 

The VA Acquisition Workforce Improvement and Streamlining Act, introduced by Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Bergman and Ranking Member Anne Kuster, as well as Rep. Bruce Poliquin, would require VA to create career certification programs for construction and logistics employees and would extend VA’s career certification for contracting officers to VA’s logistics workers and construction managers as well. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

HR 3018: Veterans’ Entry to Apprenticeship Act

The Veterans’ Entry to Apprenticeship Act, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally, would allow veterans eligible for the post-9/11 GI Bill to participate in preapprenticeship programs so long as they meet the standards set forth by their state and Registered Apprenticeship programs. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2773: To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to sell Pershing Hall

H.R. 2773, introduced by Rep. Mike Coffman, would amend the Veterans' Benefits Programs Improvement Act of 1991 to direct VA to sell Pershing Hall, in Paris, France, for fair market value, on the condition that the purchaser agrees to preserve its interior and exterior architectural details. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2147: The Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act

The Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Coffman, would require VA to hire and place at least 50 Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists and ensure that each one serves as part of a justice team in a veterans treatment court or other veteran-focused court. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1972: The VA Billing Accountability Act

The VA billing Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Lloyd Smucker, would authorize VA to waive the requirement that a veteran make copayments for medications, hospital care, nursing home care and medical services if a VA error delayed copayment notification to the veteran or the veteran received such notification later than 120 days after the date the veteran received the care or services. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1943: The Restoring Maximum Mobility to Our Nation’s Veterans Act of 2017

The restoring Maximum Mobility to Our Nation’s Veterans Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Steve King, would direct VA to ensure that each wheelchair furnished to a veteran due to a service-connected disability restores the maximum achievable mobility and function in the activities of daily life, employment and recreation. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1564: The VA Beneficiary Travel Act of 2017

The VA Beneficiary Travel Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Jack Bergman, would clarify that VA is authorized to use mandatory funds to pay the cost of beneficiary travel for contract examinations. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1390: To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay costs relating to the transportation of certain deceased veterans to veterans' cemeteries owned by a State or tribal organization.

H.R. 1390, introduced by Rep. Jim Banks, would expand the VA Secretary’s authority to pay for transportation costs if the families choose to have deceased veterans buried in a national cemetery, state veterans cemetery or tribal veterans cemetery. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

 H.R. 1328: The American Heroes COLA Act of 2017

The Veterans' Compensation COLA Act of 2017, introduced by DAMA Chairman Mike Bost and Ranking Member Elizabeth Esty, would ensure that whenever Social Security recipients receive a COLA, the VA Secretary is authorized to provide an automatic cost-of-living adjustment for compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 1063: The Veteran Prescription Continuity Act

The Veteran Prescription Continuity Act, introduced by Rep. Beto O’Rourke, would enable VA to furnish a pharmaceutical agent not included in the joint uniform formulary to an individual transitioning from DoD to VA, if a DoD health care provider determines it is necessary for the service member’s transition. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

HR 815: To amend title 38, United States Code, to adjust certain limits on the guaranteed amount of a home loan under the home loan program of the Department of Veterans Affairs

H.R. 815, introduced by Rep. Lee Zeldin, would add additional benefit to the Home Loan Guarantee by allowing the VA to guarantee up to 25% of any loan over $144,000. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 501: The VA Transparency Enhancement Act of 2017

The VA Transparency Enhancement Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Debbie Dingell, would require each VA medical center director to publish the number of patients who contracted an infection due to surgery, including a brief summary of each case, on its website every quarter. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 299: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. David Valadao, would extend the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange to veterans who served in the Blue Water Navy. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

Note: For a comprehensive list of all bills referred to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, please click here.

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