May 18, 2021

House Passes 10 Bipartisan Bills for Veterans

Legislation builds equity, improves oversight, & increases access to mental healthcare resources

Press Contact

Jenni Geurink (202-819-4684)

WASHINGTON, D.C— The House of Representatives passed 10 bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The legislation helps build equity for all veterans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or housing status, strengthens oversight of VA and COVID-19 relief dollars, and expands mental healthcare resources for veterans, especially in rural areas. All of these bills align with Chairman Takano’s commitment to build a more welcoming and equitable VA, improve VA’s management and oversight, and combat veteran suicide. 


“I am pleased that the House took strong bipartisan action today to support our veterans by passing legislation that builds equity for veterans, provides more rigorous oversight of VA, and ensures that veterans can access the mental healthcare resources they need regardless of where they live,” said Chairman Takano. “With Memorial Day coming up, these ten bills showcase how we can continue to come together to uphold our promise and commitment to all those who have borne the battle. I thank my colleagues in the House for their support of these important bills for our veterans.” 


Full list of passed legislation:

1. H.R. 2704 – Improving VA Accountability to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Act of 2021 (Rep. Pappas)

2. H.R. 2788 – Equal Employment Counseling Modernization Act (Rep. Lamb)

3. H.R. 2911 – VA Transparency and Trust Act of 2021 (Rep. Bost)

4. H.R. 240 – Homeless Veterans with Children Reintegration Act (Rep. Brownley)

5. H.R. 711 – West LA VA Campus Improvement Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Lieu)

6. H.R. 2167 – GI Bill National Emergency Extended Deadline Act, as amended (Rep. Sherrill)

7. H.R. 2878 – Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program Act, as amended (Rep. Gallego)

8. H.R. 1510 – To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the use of cameras in the medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, as amended (Rep. McKinley)

9. H.R. 2494 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish in the Department the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration, and for other purposes (Rep. Wenstrup)

10. H.R. 2441 – Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act (Rep. Axne)