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115th Congress Legislation

Signed into Law

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.

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.

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.


Passed House

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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."

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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. 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. 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

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. 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.

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. 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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