ICYMI: House Unanimously Approved Seven Additional Veterans Bills on Monday
Washington, July 25, 2017 | For more information, contact: Tiffany Haverly, (202) 225-3527 |
Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House unanimously approved seven additional veterans bills Monday evening:
“As Chairman and a physician, one of my highest priorities will always be working to ensure veterans receive the timely and quality health care they have earned. The bills the House passed this week demonstrate Congress’ commitment to investing in VA health care by improving VA’s ability to hire and retain quality medical professionals and creating a pilot program for medical scribes at VA. These bills will also increase accountability at VA by improving the department’s monitoring of high-dollar bonuses, addressing ongoing issues with VA’s procurement process and easing the burden on military families. I applaud my colleagues for their bipartisan work on these bills and thank them for their continued commitment to our nation’s heroes."
The House passed the following bills in addition to the #ForeverGIBill:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 positions. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.
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.