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House Passes 3 Veterans’ Bills, Including Big Veteran Homelessness Bill

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WASHINGTON, DC – This week, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Chairman Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-Wis.), and Rep. Lori Chavez DeRemer (R-Ore.), released the following statements after the House passed three bipartisan veterans’ bills, including Rep. Chavez-DeRemer’s bill, H.R. 3848, comprehensive legislation to improve…

Chairman Bost Leads Full Committee Hearing on Impact of American Businesses on Veteran Employment

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Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mike Bost (R-Ill.), delivered the following remarks, as prepared, at the start of the Full Committee’s oversight hearing to recognize and examine the effects of American businesses on veteran employment and economic opportunity: Good morning. The Committee will come to order. I want to welcome our witnesses to today’s…

Economic Opportunity Chairman Van Orden Delivers Opening Remarks at Subcommittee Legislative Hearing on GI Bill Improvement, Employment Opportunities

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Today, Rep. Derrick Van Orden, (R-Wis.), the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, delivered the following remarks, as prepared, at the start of the Subcommittee’s legislative hearing including legislation on GI Bill improvements and better employment opportunities for veterans:   Good afternoon,   The Subcommittee will…

Member Spotlight: Kiggans Leads Legislation to Improve GI Bill Tools

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ICYMI, Oversight and Investigations Chairwoman, Rep. Jen Kiggans, (R-Va.), introduced H.R. 5956, the GI Bill Improvement Act of 2023. H.R. 5956 would amend current law to improve transparency and provide more resources for veterans looking to use GI Bill benefits. The GI Bill Improvement Act would ensure this information is available in a modern, easy-to-use format through the…

Member Spotlight: Rep. Ciscomani Leads Bipartisan Push to Increase Benefits for Online Student Veterans

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Last week, Rep. Juan Ciscomani (R-Ariz.) introduced bipartisan legislation to increase the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) month housing allowance (MHA) stipend for student veterans who attend classes online during the summer semester. The bill, H.R. 5702, the Expanding Access for Online Veteran Students Act, would increase the monthly housing allowance for veterans taking online…

House Extends Essential Veterans’ Programs

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This week, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mike Bost (R-Ill.), delivered the following remarks, as prepared, prior to passage of S. 2795, To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend and modify certain authorities and requirements relating to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes, which passed the House with bipartisan support on Wednesday and now…

Economic Opportunity Chairman Van Orden: “Over the last year, this Subcommittee has seen VA get in the way of itself and make it harder for veterans to access their earned benefits.”

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Today, Rep. Derrick Van Orden, (R-Wis.), the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, delivered the following remarks, as prepared, at the start of the Subcommittee’s Oversight Hearing to assess the impact of bureaucratic red tape on veterans’ access to their GI Bill benefits:   Good morning.   The Subcommittee will come to…

Committee Passes 11 Bills, Including Key VA Accountability Legislation

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Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mike Bost (R-Ill.), released the following statement after the Committee reported 11 bills to be considered on the House Floor: “To close out the summer session, our Committee reported eleven bills out to effectively address veteran homelessness, continue our commitment to improving TAP, expand access to home based care for aging…

Economic Opportunity Chairman Van Orden: "Time and time again, student veterans are being left in limbo because of VA’s failures."

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Today, Rep. Derrick Van Orden, (R-Wis.), the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, delivered the following opening remarks, as prepared, at the start of the Subcommittee's joint oversight hearing with Technology Modernization on the Digital G.I. Bill Program. Good afternoon. This joint oversight hearing of the…

ICYMI: Chairman Bost Leads Bipartisan CODEL Overseas

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During the July recess, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mike Bost (R-Ill.), led his first international Congressional Delegation (CODEL) as Chairman to Europe to visit and pay respects at American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) memorials and cemeteries, as this year marks their centennial anniversary and ABMC is funded by Congress. The CODEL then visited with active-duty…

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