July 28, 2021

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Passes 8 Bills For 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 passed eight bills. This legislation will expand mental healthcare resources for Native veterans, support student veterans, improve the transition from servicemember to civilian, promote economic opportunities, and study racial disparities in VA benefits--all in line with Chairman Takano’s priorities. Full text of the legislation can be found here


“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our Committee has continually come together to pass legislation for our nation’s veterans. Today, we passed eight more bills that will take critical steps to increase access to mental healthcare for Native veterans, support student veterans, promote economic opportunities, and examine racial disparities in VA benefits to ensure they can be accessed equitably,” said Chairman Takano. “We also passed my legislation that will provide a health safety net for servicemembers during the transition process by automatically enrolling those eligible in VA healthcare. I thank every Member for their work on these bills and for their tireless efforts to ensure VA serves all veterans- regardless of gender, sexuality, race, or gender identity.” 


A full list of bills passed can be found below: 


  1. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Mike Levin to H.R. 4657 – Veteran Home Energy Savings Act (Rep. Mike Levin)
  2. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Brownley to H.R. 912 – American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Act (Rep. Brownley)
  3. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Takano to H.R. 3856 – To require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on disparities associated with race and ethnicity with respect to certain benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Rep. Takano)
  4. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Takano to H.R. 147 – Bringing Registered Apprenticeships to Veterans Education (BRAVE) Act (Rep. Norcross)
  5. H.R. 4673 – Ensuring Veterans' Smooth Transition (EVEST) Act (Rep. Takano)
  6. A.N.S. offered by Rep. Bost to H.R. 4626 – VA Assessment by Independent Measures (AIM) Act (Rep. Bergman)
  7. H.R. 4625 – VA Caregiver Transparency Act (Rep. Bergman)
  8. H.R. 4233 – Student Veterans Counseling Centers Eligibility Act (Rep. Murphy)