April 06, 2022

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Advances 17 Bipartisan Bills to Support Veterans

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Jenni Geurink (202-819-4684)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a full Committee Markup and advanced 17 bills with strong bipartisan support. These bills will help ensure VA can meet the needs of women veterans, provide additional training for peer support specialists and help improve VA's communication with survivors of Military Sexual Trauma, expand entrepreneurship opportunities for veterans, assist student veterans, improve training and oversight tools for VA's Office of Inspector General, and develop a more diverse workforce to serve the needs of all veterans. See all bill text from today’s markup here

“Throughout the 117th Congress, I have been focused on creating an environment at VA that is welcoming, inclusive, and reflective of the needs of all veterans. By passing the 17 bills on today’s markup agenda, we are making progress towards that goal,” said Chairman Takano. “From equitable access to healthcare and benefits to strengthening programs that will help veterans lead a life of meaning and purpose, these bills will help strengthen the institution tasked with serving our increasingly diverse veteran population. I’m glad that we could continue this Committee’s long history of bipartisanship by swiftly passing these bills through the Committee, and I thank all of our Members for their work.”  


A full list of the bills passed can be found below:


  1. H.R. 7393 – The Improving VA Workforce through Minority Serving Institutions Act of 2022 (Rep. Ocasio-Cortez)
  2. H.R. 6961, as amended – The Dignity for MST Survivors Act (Rep. Mrvan)
  3. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Takano to H.R. 2724, as amended – VA Peer Support Enhancement for MST Survivors Act (Rep. Delgado)
  4. H.R. 6052 – Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Training Act of 2021 (Rep. Underwood)
  5. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Pappas to H.R. 7277 – Improving Oversight of VA Community Care Providers Act of 2022 (Rep. Pappas)
  6. H.R. 2428 – Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act of 2021 (Rep. Rice)
  7. H.R. 7369 – Veteran Eligibility for Necessities To Undertake Rewarding Entrepreneurship (VENTURE) Act (Rep. Levin)
  8. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Takano to H.R. 6376, as amended – Student Veteran Work Study Modernization Act (Rep. Axne)
  9. H.R 7375 – To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to update the payment system of the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow for electronic fund transfer of educational assistance, administered by the Secretary, to a foreign institution of higher education (Rep. Sherrill)
  10. H.R. 5738, as amended – Lactation Spaces for Veteran Moms Act (Rep. Luria) 
  11. H.R. 7335 – Improving Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Claims Coordination Act (Rep. Luria
  12. H.R. 2326 – Veterans Cyber Risk Awareness Act (Rep. Mace, Rep. Bost)
  13. H.R. 7158 – Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act (Rep. Higgins)
  14. H.R. 5754 – Patient Advocate Tracker Act (Rep. McClain)
  15. H.R. 6064 – To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to seek to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a review of examinations, furnished by the Secretary, to individuals who submit claims to the Secretary for compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, for mental and physical conditions linked to military sexual trauma (Rep. Nehls)
  16. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Bost to H.R. 7153 – Department of Veterans Affairs Principles of Benefits Automation Act (Rep. Bost)
  17. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Bost to H.R. 6604 – VETS Credit Act (Rep. Buchanan)