Wednesday, February 10, 2016

House Passes Nine Veterans Bills

Arkansas Congressional Delegation: Yesterday, the House passed nine separate veterans bills. Included in the package of bills is legislation that would address the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) major construction failures, most notably a hospital project in Aurora, CO, with cost overruns of more than $1 billion. Other bills included one that would authorize an automatic cost-of-living-adjustment for eligible veterans and another that would provide an important fix to the G.I. Bill.

Following passage of the bills, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) stated:
“Our veterans place their trust in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the expectation of receiving top-notch service. While VA excels in many areas like providing specialized care to some of our most wounded veterans, it still has major failures that need to be fixed. The bills we passed today address some of those failures by placing an emphasis on not only providing better care for the veterans, but also increasing oversight and accountability on how VA spends the taxpayers money.”Below are the nine bills passed by the House:

H.R. 3016 – Veterans Employment, Education, and Healthcare Improvement Act

H.R. 3106
– Construction Reform Act of 2016

H.R. 2360 – Career-Ready Student Veterans Act

H.R. 3262 – To provide for the conveyance of land of the Illiana Health Care System of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Danville, Illinois

H.R. 4056 – To Authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to convey to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs all right, title, and interest of the United States to the property known as “The Community Living Center” at the Lake Baldwin Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Orlando, Florida

H.R. 677 – American Heroes COLA Act of 2015

H.R. 4437 – To extend the deadline for the submittal of the final report required by the Commission on Care

H.R. 3234 – VA Medical Center Recovery Act

H.R. 2915 – Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act

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