March 12, 2020

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Passes 17 Bipartisan Bills, Reauthorizes Women Veterans Task Force

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a Full Committee Markup passing all 17 bills on the agenda to strengthen family leave, assist homeless veterans and their dependent children through reintegration programs, expand access to contraception, streamline GI Bill processing, and improve the lives of millions of veterans. 


The Committee also unanimously voted to reauthorize the Women Veterans Task Force.  Under Chairwoman Julia Brownley’s leadership, the Task Force has worked to increase the visibility of the two million women who have served in the U.S. military and promote inclusivity and equitable access to comprehensive healthcare, benefits, education and economic opportunity, and other federal resources, particularly at the Department of Veterans Affairs.


A full list of bills passed can be found below:


  1. H.R. 712 – VA Medical Cannabis Research Act, as amended (Rep. Correa)
  2. H.R. 1647 – Veterans Equal Access Act (Rep. Blumenauer)
  3. H.R. 2224 – Homeless Veterans with Children Reintegration Act, as amended (Rep. Brownley)
  4. H.R. 3798 -- Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, as amended (Rep. Brownley)
  5. H.R. 5781 Offered by Rep. Bost -- a bill to improve liability for GI Bill debts, as amended  (Rep. Bost)
  6. H.R. 6036 -- VA Family Leave Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Roe)
  7. H.R. 5766 Offered by Rep. Levin – VET TEC Expansion Act, as amended (Rep. McCarthy)
  8. H.R. 6140 – Veterans in STEM Act (Rep. Underwood)
  9. H.R. 6018 – to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to collect overpayments of specially adapted housing assistance (Rep. Correa)
  10. H.R. 6157 – Transparency for Student Veterans Act (Rep. Luria)
  11. H.R. 6168 – Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act (Rep. Luria)
  12. H.R. 5284 – Vet OUTREACH Act (Rep. Khanna)
  13. H.R. 2816 – Vietnam Era Veterans Hepatitis- C Testing Enhancement Act (Rep. Stefanik)
  14. H.R. 2628 – VET CARE Act (Rep. Bilirakis)
  15. H.R. 1527 – Long Term Care Veterans Choice Act (Rep. Higgins)
  16. H.R. 5750 – Streamlining GI Bill Processing Act of 2020 (Rep. Bilirakis)
  17. S. 3084 – A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the limitation on pay for certain high-level employees and officers of the Department of Veterans Affairs


All bill language can be found on the Committee Repository Here.