House Kicks off Veterans Day Week with Bipartisan Bills
Chairman Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed five veterans bills:
“There’s no better way to kick off the week leading up to Veterans Day than to advocate for our nation’s heroes through our work on the House floor. Tonight, my colleagues on both sides of the aisle came together to pass five pieces of legislation that will honor and protect the women who have served our country honorably. These bills will protect veterans from financial fraud, provide better in-home care for veterans with disabilities and furnish memorial headstones for qualifying veterans. I’m proud of the work we’ve done for veterans today, and I look forward to taking up more legislation to honor their service tomorrow afternoon.”
The House passed the following bills:
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. 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. 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 Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity 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. 3656: To establish a consistent applicability date for provision of memorial headstones and markers for eligible non-veteran individuals
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.