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Key Bills in Congress
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
H.R. 2518 - Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2015 9 (6 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2361 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the authority to provide work-study allowance for certain activities by individuals receiving educational assistance by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 4 (1 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2360 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the approval of certain programs of education for purposes of educational assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. 8 (3 R, 5 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1597 - Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1581 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income the discharge of certain student loans of deceased or disabled veterans. 24 (9 R, 15 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1399 - Veteran Education Empowerment Act 105 (36 R, 69 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1122 - To prioritize the payment of pay and allowances to members of the Armed Forces and Federal law enforcement officers in the event the debt ceiling is reached or there is a funding gap. 5 (3 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1100 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for amounts paid by a spouse of a member of the Armed Forces for a new State license or certification required by reason of a permanent change in the duty station of such member to another State. 123 (43 R, 80 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1064 - Access to Education and Training Act 4 (4 D) Monitoring
H.R. 748 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide additional educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs to certain eligible individuals. 17 (6 R, 11 D) Monitoring
H.R. 643 - Veterans Education Survey Act of 2015 1 (1 R) Monitoring
H.R. 563 - 1/27/2015--Introduced.Honoring Our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2015 Establishes in the Treasury the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund from which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs is to make one payment of $25,000 to each individual who, between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946, was a documented member of the U.S. merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) serving as a crewmember of a vessel that was operated in U.S. waters by the W 67 (15 R, 52 D) Monitoring
H.R. 475 - GI Bill Processing Improvement Act of 2015 3 (3 R) Monitoring
H.R. 456 - Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2015 104 (34 R, 70 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 216 - 1/8/2015--Introduced.Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to submit annually to Congress a future-years veterans program (program) reflecting estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations included in the budget for that fiscal year. Requires each program to set forth a five-year VA plan to address the U.S. commitment to veterans and the resources necessary to meet that commitment. Requires the Secretary, in 20 3 (3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 164 - To require that the United States Government prioritize all obligations on the debt held by the public, Social Security benefits, and military pay in the event that the debt limit is reached, and for other purposes. 1 (1 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 90 - To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct reviews of certain budget requests of the President for the medical care accounts of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 9 (1 R, 8 D) Monitoring
Armed Forces Personnel
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 2334 - Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran Safety Act of 2015 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 2120 - Veterans Justice Outreach Act of 2015 13 (1 R, 1 I, 11 D) We support this legislation
S. 2119 - Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015 14 (14 D) We support this legislation
S. 1565 - Military Consumer Protection Act 14 (14 D) We support this legislation
S. 1557 - Servicemember Student Loan Affordability Act of 2015 8 (8 D) We support this legislation
S. 1528 - 6/9/2015--Introduced.Department of Defense Energy Security Act of 2015 This bill authorizes the Department of Defense (DOD) to carry out research to improve military vehicle technology to increase combat vehicle fuel economy or reduce fuel consumption. DOD shall: establish an online, centralized repository for all DOD operational energy-related research and development efforts; conduct a program to develop and support projects designed to foster secure and reliable energy sources for 3 (3 D) We support this legislation
S. 1386 - Icebreaker Recapitalization Act 3 (2 R, 1 D) Monitoring
S. 1377 - CEJA 7 (1 I, 6 D) We support this legislation
S. 1118 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 792 - This summary has been edited for length3/18/2015--Reported to Senate without amendment. (There is 1 other summary)(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 (Sec. 3) Expresses the sense of Congress that: it is U.S. policy that Iran not be allowed to develop or acquire nuclear weapon capabilities; Iran does not have an inherent right to enrichment and reproce 1 (1 R) Monitoring
S. 587 - 2/26/2015--Introduced.Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act or the BEST Practices Act Requires the Department of Defense (DOD), no later than: (1) October 1, 2018, to develop, test, and validate human-based training methods for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of combat trauma injuries, with the goal of replacing live animal-based training methods; and (2) October 1, 2020, to use only use human-based training methods for such purposes. Prohibit 2 (2 D) Monitoring
S. 271 - Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2015 20 (3 R, 1 I, 16 D) We support this legislation
S. 151 - Filipino Veterans Promise Act 4 (2 R, 2 D) Monitoring
S. 114 - A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide the public with access to research of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 1 (1 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 4717 - To establish a policy against sexual abuse on all United States military installations, whether located in the United States or overseas. 14 (13 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4658 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to decrease the distance away from home required for a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces to be eligible for the above-the-line deduction for travel expenses. 3 (2 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4590 - Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs Seismic Safety, Construction, and Leases Authorization Act * Monitoring
H.R. 4279 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to disclose certain information to State controlled substance monitoring programs. 12 (8 R, 4 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3971 - Support Earned Recognition for Veterans Act 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3850 - 10/28/2015--Introduced.Annuity Safety and Security Under Reasonable Enforcement Act of 2015 or the ASSURE Act of 2015 Amends the Truth in Lending Act to direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to issue regulations requiring any payment to a recipient of a federal or military pension (a benefit recipient) that diminishes the benefit recipient's ability to control payments from such pension to be treated as an extension of credit. Requires financial institutions to include the 23 (1 R, 22 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2874 - Andrew P. Carpenter Tax Act 30 (23 R, 7 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2863 - 6/23/2015--Introduced.Secure Legal Services for Veterans Act This bill prohibits an individual who is not an agent or attorney from soliciting, contracting for, charging, or receiving any fee or compensation for services rendered in the preparation, presentation, or prosecution of an appeal before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the Board of Veterans' Appeals. Violators of such prohibition shall be fined, imprisoned for not more than one year, or both. Amounts collected for suc 11 (4 R, 7 D) Monitoring
H.R. 2862 - 6/23/2015--Introduced.Veterans Protection Enhancement Act This bill directs the U.S. Sentencing Commission to amend the federal sentencing guidelines to provide for a two-level sentencing increase if the defendant intentionally selected any victim or any property because of the victim's military service or veteran status. 5 (2 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2835 - 6/18/2015--Introduced.Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015 Directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): (1) in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DOD), to identify Military Occupational Specialty Codes, Air Force Specialty Codes, Naval Enlisted Classifications and Officer Designators, and Coast Guard Competencies (qualifications) that are transferable to the requirements and duties assigned to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers; and (2) to consider hiring qualified c 14 (11 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2828 - 6/18/2015--Introduced.Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2015 Amends the federal judicial code to allow for review by writ of certiorari of certain cases denied relief or review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Declares that the time for application for such a writ shall be as prescribed by rules of the Supreme Court. 3 (3 D) Monitoring
H.R. 2766 - 6/12/2015--Introduced.Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2015 Deems certain service performed before July 1, 1946, in the organized military forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Scouts as active military service for purposes of eligibility for veterans' benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in determining eligibility under this Act, to take into account any relevant service documentation, including documentation other than the 33 (33 D) Monitoring
H.R. 2685 - 6/5/2015--Introduced.Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2016 Provides FY2016 appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military activities. Excludes military construction, military family housing, civil works projects of the Army Corps of Engineers, and nuclear warheads, which are all considered in other appropriations bills. Provides appropriations for Military Personnel. Provides appropriations for Operation and Maintenance, including: the U.S. Court of Appeals for 1 (1 R) Monitoring
H.R. 2671 - Recruit Act 11 (3 R, 8 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2591 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow taxpayers to designate overpayments of tax as contributions and to make additional contributions to the Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund, and for other purposes. 12 (1 R, 11 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1598 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to amend the definition of the term "spouse" to recognize new State definitions of such term for the purpose of the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 45 (5 R, 40 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1514 - CRAM 11 (1 R, 10 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1509 - To amend the Military Selective Service Act to require the reinstatement of the draft whenever an authorization on the use of military force or declaration of war is in effect and to provide for the registration of women with the Selective Service System, and for other purposes. * We support this legislation
H.R. 1501 - 3/19/2015--Introduced.Moratorium on United States Postal Facilities Act Prohibits the U.S. Postal Service from closing, consolidating, selling, or otherwise disposing of any historic postal facility without prior written approval from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate. Defines "historic postal facility" as any postal facility listed, or eligible to be listed 9 (9 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1316 - To provide an amnesty period during which veterans and their family members can register certain firearms in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and for other purposes. 3 (3 R) Monitoring
H.R. 1313 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance the treatment of certain small business concerns for purposes of Department of Veterans Affairs contracting goals and preferences. 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1304 - To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. 5 (3 R, 2 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1302 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a deadline for the certification of certain forms by regional offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 22 (17 R, 5 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1134 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the submission of information by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Congress. * Monitoring
H.R. 1129 - 2/26/2015--Introduced.Veterans' Whistleblower and Patient Protection Act of 2015 Establishes within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) an Office of Whistleblower and Patient Protection. Requires the Director of such Office to establish a dedicated Internet website and toll-free telephone number for any individual to file a complaint regarding an alleged prohibited personnel practice committed by a VA officer or employee or the safety of a patient at a VA medical facility. Directs the 4 (4 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1128 - 2/26/2015--Introduced.Department of Veterans Affairs Cyber Security Protection Act Directs the Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Information and Technology to submit to the congressional veterans committees (under current law only to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs) quarterly reports on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compliance with federally-required information security improvements. Directs the Assistant Secretary to submit to such committees: (1) quarterly, a plan of 2 (2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1127 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain grants to assist nursing homes for veterans located on tribal lands. * Monitoring
H.R. 1095 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to use only human-based methods for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of severe combat injuries. 55 (1 R, 54 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1017 - To improve the information security of the Department of Veterans Affairs by directing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out certain actions to improve the transparency and the governance of the information security program of the Department, and for other purposes. 8 (8 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 969 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes. 289 (134 R, 155 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 740 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a business credit relating to the use of clean-fuel and fuel efficient vehicles by businesses within areas designated as nonattainment areas under the Clean Air Act, and for other purposes. 1 (1 D) Monitoring
H.R. 621 - To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants with minority serving institutions for the purpose of establishing verified delivery systems to address social and academic problems facing veterans enrolled at such institutions, and for other purposes. 1 (1 D) Monitoring
H.R. 575 - To appropriately limit the authority to award bonuses to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 571 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the treatment of whistleblower complaints by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 13 (13 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 517 - To establish a task force to evaluate the backlog of appeals to claims submitted to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 2 (2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 498 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense to jointly ensure that the Vet Centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs have access to the Defense Personnel Record Image Retrieval system and the Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Identity Repository system. 1 (1 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 490 - 1/22/2015--Introduced.Security Clearance Reform Act of 2015 Directs the President to submit a strategic plan to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the intelligence committees of Congress (appropriate congressional committees) to improve security clearance and background investigation activities. Sets forth the required contents of such plan, including the development of a continuous evaluation or m 3 (3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 473 - Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act of 2015 6 (6 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 469 - 1/22/2015--Passed House without amendment. (There is 1 other summary)(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015 (Sec. 2) Amends the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to condition eligibility to receive a state grant for child abuse or neglect prevention and treatment programs on inclusion in the state plan of a certification by the 51 (18 R, 33 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 399 - Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015 25 (25 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 372 - To authorize funds to prevent housing discrimination through the use of nationwide testing, to increase funds for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program, and for other purposes. 19 (19 D) Monitoring
H.R. 303 - Retired Pay Restoration Act 99 (48 R, 51 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 300 - 1/13/2015--Introduced.Support More Assets, Resources, and Technology on the Border Act of 2015 or the SMART Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to: (1) take actions to achieve and maintain operational control of the U.S.-Mexico border (defined as a condition in which all illegal border crossers are apprehended and narcotics and other contraband are seized); and (2) report to the Comptroller General on such actions, achievement, and maintenance. Directs the Comptroll 11 (11 R) Monitoring
H.R. 240 - 1/9/2015--Introduced.Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015 Provides FY2015 appropriations to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Provides appropriations for Departmental Management and Operations for the Office of the Secretary and Executive Management, the Office of the Under Secretary for Management, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Analysis and Operations, and the Office of Inspector General. Provides app 1 (1 R) Monitoring
H.R. 145 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the work opportunity tax credit and to allow the transfer of such credit in the case of contracted veterans. * Monitoring
H.R. 139 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to require that Federal, State, and local agencies to which surplus military equipment and personal property is sold or donated demonstrate that agency personnel are certified, trained, or licensed, as appropriate, in the proper operation of the equipment prior to the sale or donation. 3 (1 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 124 - To redesignate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. 2 (1 R, 1 D) Monitoring
H.R. 91 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to issue, upon request, veteran identification cards to certain veterans. 68 (35 R, 33 D) Monitoring
Honor & Remembrance
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 1358 - 5/14/2015--Introduced.Hmong Veterans' Service Recognition Act Authorizes burial in any open national cemetery under the control of the National Cemetery Administration of the remains of any individual: (1) who was naturalized pursuant to the Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000 and who resided in the United States at the time of death; or (2) who the Secretary of Veterans Affairs determines served with a special guerrilla unit or irregular forces operating from a base in Laos in suppor 9 (2 R, 7 D) Monitoring
S. 1004 - A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to encourage the nationwide observance of two minutes of silence each Veterans Day. 7 (2 R, 5 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4298 - To direct the Secretary of the Army to place in Arlington National Cemetery a memorial honoring the helicopter pilots and crew members of the Vietnam era, and for other purposes. 82 (59 R, 23 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4298 - Vietnam Helicopter Crew Memorial Act 82 (59 R, 23 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4280 - To authorize the President to award the Medal of Honor to Colonel Philip Conran of the United States Air Force for acts of valor during the Vietnam War. * Monitoring
H.R. 3789 - 10/21/2015--Introduced.Honor Our Fallen Heroes Act of 2015 This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to furnish a memorial headstone or marker for an eligible individual whose remains are identified and available but whose gravesite's location is unknown. * Monitoring
H.R. 1505 - Veterans Eagle Parks Pass Act 9 (8 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1475 - 3/19/2015--Introduced.Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act of 2015 Authorizes a Wall of Remembrance as part of the previously authorized Korean War Veterans Memorial to include, in regards to the Korean War: (1) a list by name of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were killed in action; (2) the number of members who were wounded, listed as missing in action, or prisoners of war; and (3) the number of members of the Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army, the Republic of Korea 261 (149 R, 112 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1475 - Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act of 2015 261 (149 R, 112 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1425 - Preserve and Protect God in Military Oaths Act of 2015 5 (5 R) Monitoring
H.R. 1094 - To authorize and request the President to award the Medal of Honor posthumously to Navy Seal Christopher Scott Kyle for acts of valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 57 (54 R, 3 D) Monitoring
H.R. 995 - To amend title 36, United States Code, to encourage the nationwide observance of two minutes of silence each Veterans Day. 13 (3 R, 10 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 363 - First Rhode Island Regiment Congressional Gold Medal Act 16 (2 R, 14 D) We support this legislation
Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 841 - Prioritizing Veterans Access to Mental Health Care Act of 2015 8 (8 R) We support this legislation
S. 167 - Clay Hunt SAV Act 49 (18 R, 2 I, 29 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4684 - Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act 10 (5 R, 5 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2915 - Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act 18 (5 R, 13 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1604 - Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act 25 (21 R, 4 D) We support this legislation
National Guard & Reserve Servicemembers
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 1437 - 5/21/2015--Introduced.Modular Airborne Firefighting System Flexibility Act This bill authorizes the National Guard to provide assistance to support federal, state, or other civilian authority firefighting operations or activities, including aerial firefighting employment of the Modular Airborne Firefighting System. Such authority is based on a recognition of the basic premises of the National Incident Management System and the National Response Framework that: (1) incidents are typically 5 (4 R, 1 D) Monitoring
S. 743 - 3/16/2015--Introduced.Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act of 2015 Honors as a veteran any person who is entitled to retired pay for nonregular (reserve) service or who would be so entitled, but for age. Provides that such person shall not be entitled to any benefit by reason of such recognition. 25 (12 R, 13 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4554 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that certain members of the National Guard serving on full-time National Guard duty and dependents remain eligible for the TRICARE program during periods in which the member is responding to a disaster. 32 (13 R, 19 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4554 - Ensures that certain members of the National Guard serving on full-time National Guard duty and dependents remain eligible for the TRICARE program during periods in which the member is responding to a disaster. 32 (13 R, 19 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4246 - 12/16/2015--Passed House without amendment. (There is 1 other summary)(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act of 2015 (Sec. 2) This bill amends the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008 to exempt for an additional four-year period qualifying Armed Forces reserve component and National Guard members (who, after September 11, 2001 3 (1 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2852 - 6/23/2015--Introduced.FLORICH Act or Founding Legacies of Reserve Integral Combat-training Heroes Act of 2015 This bill makes eligible for burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, any member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces who dies while on inactive-duty training during a mission in which a member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty also dies. 6 (4 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2457 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the work opportunity credit to small businesses which hire individuals who are members of the Ready Reserve or National Guard, and for other purposes. 7 (1 R, 6 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1614 - To modify and extend the National Guard State Partnership Program. 20 (13 R, 7 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1204 - 3/2/2015--Introduced.District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act Amends the District of Columbia Code to make the Mayor of the District of Columbia (under current law, the President of the United States) the Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard of the District. Provides that, notwithstanding the authority of the Mayor of the District of Columbia as such Commander-in-Chief, the President shall retain control over units and members of the District of Columbia National Guard to cond 1 (1 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1141 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to consider certain time spent by members of reserve components of the Armed Forces while receiving medical care from the Secretary of Defense as active duty for purposes of eligibility for Post-9/11 Educational Assistance, and for other purposes. 14 (4 R, 10 D) Monitoring
POW/MIA & Cemetery Affairs
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 695 - Dignified Interment of Our Veterans Act of 2015 1 (1 R) Monitoring
H.R. 2573 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish headstones and markers for the graves of dependents of veterans buried in county, private, or other cemeteries. 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2490 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that the prohibition against interment or memorialization in the National Cemetery Administration or Arlington National Cemetery of persons committing Federal or State capital crimes is consistently carried out, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to disinter the remains of George E. Siple from Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, and for other purposes. 11 (11 R) Monitoring
H.R. 1670 - 3/26/2015--Introduced.National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015 Directs the Architect of the Capitol to: (1) enter into an agreement to obtain a chair featuring the logo of the National League of POW/MIA Families, and (2) place it in the U.S. Capitol in a suitable permanent location within two years after enactment of this Act. 39 (19 R, 20 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1183 - Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act 2 (1 R, 1 D) Monitoring
H.R. 148 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that every military chaplain has the prerogative to close a prayer outside of a religious service according to the dictates of the chaplain's own conscience. 3 (3 R) Monitoring
Preventing Veteran Homelessness
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 2048 - 9/17/2015--Introduced.Keeping Our Commitment to Ending Veteran Homelessness Act of 2015 This bill extends through FY2016 authority for the following Department of Veterans Affairs programs: homeless veterans reintegration programs; the homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children reintegration program; referral and counseling services for certain veterans at risk of homelessness; treatment and rehabilitation services for seriously mentally ill and homeless veterans, in 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 1412 - A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to qualify homeless youth and veterans who are full-time students for purposes of the low income housing tax credit. 6 (2 R, 1 I, 3 D) We support this legislation
S. 684 - Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2015 3 (1 R, 1 I, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 603 - Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act of 2015 3 (1 I, 2 D) Monitoring
S. 223 - A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot program on awarding grants for provision of furniture, household items, and other assistance to homeless veterans to facilitate their transition into permanent housing, and for other purposes. 5 (2 R, 3 D) Monitoring
H.R. 3970 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot grant program to acquire and renovate abandoned homes for homeless veterans. 33 (4 R, 29 D) Monitoring
H.R. 3960 - Reduce Homelessness for Female Veterans Act 5 (4 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3709 - 10/8/2015--Introduced.Helping our Rural Veterans Receive Health Care Act This bill amends the Veterans' Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 to make permanent and expand the pilot program to provide, through qualifying non-VA health care providers, VA-authorized hospital care or medical, rehabilitative, or preventive health services to veterans in highly rural areas. 3 (1 R, 2 D) Monitoring
H.R. 2934 - 6/25/2015--Introduced.This bill extends the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans through December 31, 2020. 16 (1 R, 15 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2522 - To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot program to award grants for the provision of furniture, household items, and other assistance to homeless veterans to facilitate their transition into permanent housing, and for other purposes. 28 (28 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 627 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the definition of homeless veteran for purposes of benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 3 (3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 474 - Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015 5 (2 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
Rural Veterans
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 3029 - Maurice (Mo) Bailey Highly Rural Veteran Transportation Grant Reauthorization Act of 2016 1 (1 R) We support this legislation
Survivor Benefits
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 2403 - Military Family Stability Act of 2015 8 (4 R, 4 D) Monitoring
S. 2137 - A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide a period for the relocation of spouses and dependents of certain members of the Armed Forces undergoing a permanent change of station in order to ease and facilitate the relocation of military families. 6 (3 R, 3 D) Monitoring
S. 1451 - 5/21/2015--Introduced.Veterans' Survivors Claims Processing Automation Act of 2015 This bill authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay benefits to a survivor of a veteran who has not filed a formal claim if the Secretary determines that the record contains sufficient evidence to establish the survivor's entitlement to such benefits. 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
S. 270 - A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to revise the definition of spouse for purposes of veterans benefits in recognition of new State definitions of spouse, and for other purposes. 17 (17 D) Monitoring
H.R. 3684 - Preserving Teacher Loan Forgiveness for Military Spouses Act of 2015 25 (7 R, 18 D) Monitoring
H.R. 2662 - 6/4/2015--Introduced.Fallen Heroes Family Assistance Act The Secretary of the military department concerned is required to provide transportation for the next of kin to attend the transfer ceremony of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who dies overseas in the line of duty in a combat or humanitarian relief operation or in combat zone designated by the Secretary of Defense. 10 (3 R, 7 D) Monitoring
H.R. 2539 - Surviving Spouses' Benefit Improvement Act of 2015 8 (3 R, 5 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2531 - ACES Act of 2015 21 (6 R, 15 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1569 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify that the estate of a deceased veteran may receive certain accrued benefits upon the death of the veteran, and for other purposes. 1 (1 R) Monitoring
Toxic Wounds
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
H.R. 1769 - Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 173 (70 R, 103 D) We support this legislation
VA Accountability
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 2554 - A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes. 2 (2 R) We support this legislation
S. 2291 - 11/17/2015--Introduced.VA Patient Protection Act of 2015 This bill establishes an additional method for filing whistle blower complaints in which a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employee may file such complaints with his or her immediate and next-level supervisors, and ultimately with the VA after having properly filed a complaint at each supervisory level. If a supervisor makes a positive determination regarding such complaint the VA shall: (1) inform the employee of the ability to 12 (6 R, 6 D) We support this legislation
S. 2229 - 11/3/2015--Introduced.Veterans Scheduling Accountability Act This bill directs the Government Accountability Office to conduct random, periodic audits of the medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Veterans Integrated Service Networks to determine if they are in compliance with legal and VA standards requiring that veterans be provided timely access to VA health care. 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
S. 2127 - Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2015 2 (2 R) Monitoring
S. 1496 - 6/3/2015--Introduced.Ensuring Department of Veterans Affairs Employee Accountability Act Requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to retain in a VA employee's permanent record a copy of any reprimand or admonishment received by such an employee. 1 (1 R) We support this legislation
S. 813 - Military Sequester Flexibility Act 1 (1 R) We support this legislation
S. 788 - A bill to require the termination of any employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs who is found to have retaliated against a whistleblower. 2 (2 D) We support this legislation
S. 290 - A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the accountability of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 7 (5 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4437 - To extend the deadline for the submittal of the final report required by the Commission on Care. * We support this legislation
H.R. 3909 - Veterans Health and Accountability Act * Monitoring
H.R. 2941 - 6/25/2015--Introduced.Veterans Affairs Employee Accountability Act Requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that no VA employee who knowingly violates any federal civil law or regulation, including one covered under the Federal Acquisition Regulation or the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation, or any internal VA policy, receives any specified pay augmentation, incentive, or additional gift of any value (bonus). 2 (2 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 2464 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the accountability of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 8 (7 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1604 - To amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to expand the eligibility of veterans to receive mental health care at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. 25 (21 R, 4 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1603 - To amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to improve the private treatment of veterans who are victims of military sexual assault. 61 (45 R, 16 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1096 - To amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to clarify the distance requirements regarding the eligibility of certain veterans to receive medical care and services from non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. 25 (20 R, 5 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 280 - 1/12/2015--Introduced.Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue an order directing a VA employee to repay the amount, or a portion of the amount, of an award or bonus paid to the employee if: (1) the Secretary determines that such repayment is appropriate, and (2) the employee is afforded notice and an opportunity for a hearing. Makes the Secretary's repayment decisions final and unreviewable by any other agency or any court. Makes this Act applicable to awards or bonuses pa 8 (7 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
VA Appeals & Claims
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 1286 - Veterans Appeals Assistance and Improvement Act of 2015 11 (11 D) Monitoring
H.R. 5166 - Working to Integrate Networks Guaranteeing Member Access Now (WINGMAN) Act 119 (85 R, 34 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3936 - 11/5/2015--Introduced.Veteran Engagement Teams Act or the VET Act This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a three-year pilot program under which the VA shall carry out Veteran Engagement Team events in which veterans will be assisted in completing VA disability and pension claims. 6 (5 R, 1 D) Monitoring
H.R. 3885 - 11/3/2015--Introduced.Veterans Affairs Transfer of Information and Sharing of Disability Examination Procedures with DOD Doctors Act This bill declares that: if a member of the Armed Forces who is required to receive a physical examination as part of his or her separation from active duty has or is believed to have a medical condition that will or may make the member eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation and benefits, the physical examination shall be pe 5 (4 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3884 - Veterans Collaboration Act 4 (4 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 1414 - 3/17/2015--Introduced.Pay As You Rate Act Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, prior to adjudicating a claim that requires decisions with respect to two or more disabilities, to make interim payments based on any disability for which the Secretary has already made a decision. Requires the Secretary, upon claim adjudication, to pay the benefits awarded less the amount of the interim payments. 8 (8 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1331 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the treatment of medical evidence provided by non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals in support of claims for disability compensation under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 18 (9 R, 9 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 800 - Express Appeals Act 20 (7 R, 13 D) We support this legislation
VA Budget & Construction
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
H.R. 2029 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 1 (1 R) Monitoring
VA Health Care
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 2633 - A bill to improve the ability of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide health care to veterans through non-Department health care providers, and for other purposes. 8 (8 D) We support this legislation
S. 2545 - Veterans Choice Card Prompt Payment Act 1 (1 D) Monitoring
S. 2427 - 12/18/2015--Introduced.Disability Integration Act of 2015 This bill prohibits states or local governments that provide institutional placements for individuals with disabilities who need long-term assistance with daily living activities or health-related tasks, and prohibits insurance providers that fund such long-term services, from denying community-based services that would enable such individuals, as an alternative to institutionalization, to live in the community and lead an independent 8 (1 I, 7 D) We support this legislation
S. 2422 - A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out certain major medical facility projects for which appropriations are being made for fiscal year 2016. 2 (2 D) Monitoring
S. 2417 - A bill to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to allow the Indian Health Service to cover the cost of a copayment of an Indian or Alaska Native veteran receiving medical care or services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 3 (3 R) We support this legislation
S. 2417 - Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act 3 (3 R) Monitoring
S. 2170 - Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 12 (8 R, 4 D) We support this legislation
S. 2134 - Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2015 4 (1 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
S. 1654 - Overdose Prevention Act 7 (7 D) We support this legislation
S. 1641 - Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act 20 (3 R, 1 I, 16 D) We support this legislation
S. 1567 - 6/11/2015--Introduced.This bill addresses medical evidence reviews in the case of: (1) a former member of the Armed Forces who was deployed in a contingency operation and subsequently diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury as a consequence of such deployment, or (2) a former member whose application for relief from the terms of his or her military discharge is based in whole or in part on matters relating to post-traumatic stress disorder or traum 13 (3 R, 1 I, 9 D) We support this legislation
S. 1534 - Treto Garza South Texas Veterans Inpatient Care Act of 2015 1 (1 R) Monitoring
S. 1498 - 6/3/2015--Introduced.This bill requires that a military working dog be retired in the United States, except when a U.S. citizen living abroad adopts the dog at the time of retirement. Amounts available to the military department concerned shall be available for such dog's transport to the United States for retirement. 6 (6 D) We support this legislation
S. 1463 - Access to Community Care for Veterans Act of 2015 7 (3 R, 1 I, 3 D) We support this legislation
S. 1452 - 5/21/2015--Introduced.Veterans Emergency Health Care Safety Net Expansion Act of 2015 Eliminates the requirement limiting reimbursement for emergency treatment in a non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility to veterans who are active participants in the VA's health care system. Requires the veteran to be an enrollee in the VA's patient enrollment system. Treats the VA as a participating provider for purposes of allowing the VA to recover the costs it incurs in providing care to a vet 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
S. 1450 - Department of Veterans Affairs Emergency Medical Staffing Recruitment and Retention Act 1 (1 D) Monitoring
S. 997 - A bill to extend the authorization for the major medical facility project to replace the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Aurora, Colorado, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to manage the construction of such project, to transfer the authority to carry out future major medical facility projects of the Department from the Secretary to the Army Corps of Engineers, and for other purposes. 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 993 - This summary has been edited for length4/30/2015--Reported to Senate without amendment. (There is 1 other summary)(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015 (Sec. 4) This bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize the Attorney General to make grants to an eligible entity for sequential intercept mapping and imple 31 (10 R, 1 I, 20 D) We support this legislation
S. 865 - 3/25/2015--Introduced.Ruth Moore Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in any case in which a veteran claims that a covered mental health condition was incurred in or aggravated by military sexual trauma during active duty, to: (1) accept as sufficient proof of service-connection a diagnosis by a mental health professional together with satisfactory lay or other evidence of such trauma and an opinion by the mental health professional that such condition is related to such tr 17 (1 R, 1 I, 15 D) We support this legislation
S. 833 - A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out certain major medical facility projects for which appropriations were made for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes. 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
S. 832 - A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the provision of behavioral health readiness services to certain members of the Selected Reserve of the Armed Forces based on need, to expand eligibility to such members for readjustment counseling from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
S. 761 - 3/17/2015--Introduced.Veterans Access to Care Act Amends the Public Health Service Act to designate medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) automatically as health professional shortage areas. Prohibits an individual from participating in both the VA's Health Professionals Education Assistance Program and the National Health Service Corps scholarship or loan repayment programs. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services, in carrying out the National Health Se 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 739 - 3/16/2015--Introduced.Veterans Access to Extended Care Act of 2015 This bill modifies the treatment of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) agreements with service providers to furnish veterans with nursing home care, adult day health care, or other extended care services. Any such agreement shall: not be treated as a federal contract for the acquisition of goods or services and shall be not subject to any provision of law governing federal contracts for the acquisition of goods or servi 3 (2 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 717 - Community Provider Readiness Recognition Act of 2015 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 681 - Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015 39 (9 R, 1 I, 29 D) We support this legislation
S. 666 - A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the treatment of medical evidence provided by non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals in support of claims for disability compensation under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 1 (1 D) Monitoring
S. 657 - Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2015 2 (2 D) We support this legislation
S. 564 - 2/25/2015--Introduced.Veterans Hearing Aid Access and Assistance Act Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to appoint licensed hearing aid specialists in the Veterans Health Administration. Requires the Secretary to submit an annual report on: (1) the timely access of veterans to VA hearing health services, and (2) VA contracting policies regarding the provision of hearing health services to veterans in non-VA facilities. 10 (7 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
S. 564 - 2/25/2015--Introduced.Veterans Hearing Aid Access and Assistance Act Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to appoint licensed hearing aid specialists in the Veterans Health Administration. Requires the Secretary to submit an annual report on: (1) the timely access of veterans to VA hearing health services, and (2) VA contracting policies regarding the provision of hearing health services to veterans in non-VA facilities. 10 (7 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
S. 453 - A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide grants to States to streamline State requirements and procedures for veterans with military emergency medical training to become civilian emergency medical technicians. 4 (3 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 374 - A bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to extend the requirement of the Secretary to furnish hospital care and medical services through non-Department of Veterans Affairs entities to veterans residing in certain locations. 1 (1 D) Monitoring
S. 297 - A bill to revive and expand the Intermediate Care Technician Pilot Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 5 (2 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
S. 285 - A bill to authorize the construction of a replacement medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Aurora, Colorado, and to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into an agreement with the Chief of Engineers to act as the construction agent with respect to such construction, and for other purposes. 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 244 - A bill to require an independent comprehensive review of the process by which the Department of Veterans Affairs assesses cognitive impairments that result from traumatic brain injury for purposes of awarding disability compensation, and for other purposes. 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
S. 218 - Veterans to Paramedics Transition Act of 2015 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 207 - Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015 22 (14 R, 1 I, 7 D) Monitoring
S. 172 - Access to Appropriate Immunizations for Veterans Act of 2015 1 (1 D) Monitoring
S. 171 - A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for coverage under the beneficiary travel program of the Department of Veterans Affairs of certain disabled veterans for travel in connection with certain special disabilities rehabilitation, and for other purposes. 5 (3 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
S. 41 - Veterans Travel Tax Relief Act of 2015 1 (1 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 4689 - Timely Payment for Veterans' Emergency Care Act 1 (1 R) Monitoring
H.R. 4683 - Fairness for Veterans Act of 2016 27 (10 R, 17 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4640 - Veteran Suicide Prevention Act 62 (27 R, 35 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4635 - To provide for a prescription drug take-back program for members of the Armed Forces and veterans, and for other purposes. 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4591 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into agreements with certain health care providers to furnish hospital care, medical services, and extended care to veterans. 2 (2 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 4590 - Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs Seismic Safety, Construction, and Leases Authorization Act * We support this legislation
H.R. 4556 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire psychiatrists. 15 (2 R, 13 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4556 - Expedited Hiring for VA Trained Psychiatrists Act of 2016 15 (2 R, 13 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4513 - To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants to State and local entities to carry out peer-to-peer mental health programs 6 (5 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4437 - To extend the deadline for the submittal of the final report required by the Commission on Care. * Monitoring
H.R. 4234 - Primary Care Physician Reentry Act of 2015 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4134 - 11/30/2015--Introduced.Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a Docs-to-Doctors Program to recruit individuals separating from the Armed Forces who served in a health care capacity in the Armed Forces. The VA shall: (1) implement a uniform credentialing process for certain health care employees of the Veterans Health Administration; and (2) provide full practice authority to advanced practice registered nurses, p 3 (3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3989 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the process for determining the eligibility of caregivers of veterans to certain benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 18 (15 R, 3 D) Monitoring
H.R. 3980 - To eliminate the sunset date for the Veterans Choice Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to expand eligibility for such program, and for other purposes. 4 (2 R, 2 D) Monitoring
H.R. 3978 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish an Ombudsman within the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 7 (2 R, 5 D) Monitoring
H.R. 3974 - Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2015 7 (7 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3972 - To direct the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to more effectively provide mental health resources for members of the Armed Forces and veterans at high risk of suicide, and for other purposes. 3 (3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3956 - VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act 12 (9 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3954 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for access to hospital care and medical services furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs for certain members of the reserve components who received training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and for other purposes. 3 (3 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 3883 - Veteran's Choice Accountability Act 2 (2 R) Monitoring
H.R. 3870 - 11/2/2015--Introduced.Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act This bill includes veterans who participated in the cleanup of Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands during the period January 1, 1977-December 31, 1980, as radiation exposed veterans for purposes of the Department of Veterans Affairs presumption of service-connection for specified cancers. 85 (17 R, 68 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3686 - Veterans Care and Reporting Enforcement Act 9 (7 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3680 - Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act of 2015 6 (5 R, 1 D) Monitoring
H.R. 3234 - VA Medical Center Recovery Act 1 (1 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 3106 - Construction Reform Act of 2016 2 (2 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 2915 - 6/25/2015--Introduced.Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to identify: (1) VA mental health care and suicide prevention programs that are most effective for women veterans, and (2) such programs with the highest satisfaction rates among women veterans. 18 (5 R, 13 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2914 - 6/25/2015--Introduced.Build a Better VA Act This bill prohibits funds from being appropriated for any fiscal year for a major medical facility lease unless the House and Senate Veterans Committees adopt resolutions approving the lease. 7 (1 R, 6 D) Monitoring
H.R. 2742 - 6/11/2015--Introduced.This bill requires that a military working dog be retired in the United States, except when a U.S. citizen living abroad adopts the dog at the time of retirement. Amounts available to the military department concerned shall be available for such dog's transport to the United States for retirement. 24 (7 R, 17 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2725 - 6/10/2015--Introduced.21st Century Care for Military and Veterans Act Permits the use of a telecommunications system to provide an item or service to current and former members of the uniformed services and their dependents under the TRICARE plan of health care benefits administered by the Department of Defense and to veterans receiving health care benefits under plans administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. 5 (1 R, 4 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2622 - 6/2/2015--Introduced.Fort McClellan Health Registry Act Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish and maintain a special record to be known as the Fort McClellan Health Registry containing the name of each individual who, while serving in the Armed Forces, was stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama, during the period beginning on January 1, 1935, and ending on May 20, 1999, and who: (1) applies for care or services from the VA; (2) files a claim for compensation on the basis 20 (10 R, 10 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2555 - Veteran Wellness Act 6 (3 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2536 - Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act 24 (4 R, 20 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2516 - Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 18 (3 R, 15 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2514 - Helping Veterans Save for Health Care Act of 2015 26 (22 R, 4 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2493 - To establish a grant program to encourage the use of assistance dogs by certain members of the Armed Forces and veterans. 76 (6 R, 70 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2460 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans. 44 (21 R, 23 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2366 - To provide for improvement of field emergency medical services, and for other purposes. 16 (9 R, 7 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1722 - To require a demonstration program on the accession as Air Force officers of candidates with auditory impairments. 10 (10 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1681 - To extend the authorization for the major medical facility project to replace the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to manage the construction of such project, to transfer the authority to carry out future major medical facility projects of the Department from the Secretary to the Army Corps of Engineers, and for other purposes. 7 (4 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1664 - 3/26/2015--Introduced.Health Insurance Freedom Act of 2015 Permits a health insurance issuer that had in effect health insurance coverage in the group or individual market on any date during 2013 to continue offering that coverage outside of a health care exchange established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Treats that coverage as a grandfathered health plan for purposes of an individual meeting the requirement to maintain minimum essential health coverage. Applies onl 8 (8 R) Monitoring
H.R. 1628 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish in each Veterans Integrated Service Network a pain management board. 8 (2 R, 6 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1607 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the disability compensation evaluation procedure of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for veterans with mental health conditions related to military sexual trauma, and for other purposes. 28 (2 R, 26 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1590 - To establish a prize program to award a prize and contract for the development of a fully-integrated electronic health records program for use by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. 2 (2 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 1590 - To establish a prize program to award a prize and contract for the development of a fully-integrated electronic health records program for use by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. 2 (2 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 1543 - To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out certain major medical facility projects for which appropriations were made for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes. 8 (1 R, 7 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1532 - To amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the distance requirements regarding the eligibility of certain veterans to receive medical care and services from non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, and for other purposes. 6 (5 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1500 - To ensure that certain TRICARE program beneficiaries may enroll in TRICARE Prime regardless of the location of their residence. 11 (6 R, 5 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1465 - Medical Evaluation Parity for Servicemembers Act of 2015 8 (5 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1319 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct annual surveys of veterans on experiences obtaining hospital care and medical services from medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 16 (6 R, 10 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1247 - To revive and expand the Intermediate Care Technician Pilot Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 49 (12 R, 37 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1247 - 3/4/2015--Introduced.Improving Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to revive, for a three-year period, VA's Intermediate Care Technician Pilot Program that was carried out between January 2013 and February 2014. Requires VA to: (1) expand the pilot program to include at least 250 intermediate care technicians, and (2) give priority in assigning those technicians to VA facilities at which veterans have the longest wait times. Requires th 49 (12 R, 37 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1170 - 2/27/2015--Introduced.Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act Amends the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 to require a program under which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs provides chiropractic care and services to veterans through Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and clinics to be carried out at: (1) no fewer than 75 medical centers by December 31, 2014, and (2) all medical centers by December 31, 2016. Includes chiropr 26 (9 R, 17 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 802 - Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act 30 (12 R, 18 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 763 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which eligible veterans may elect to receive hospital care and medical services at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, and for other purposes. 4 (4 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 642 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the eligibility for beneficiary travel for veterans seeking treatment or care for military sexual trauma in specialized outpatient or residential programs at facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 20 (12 R, 8 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 613 - To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize veterans' treatment courts and encourage services for veterans. 19 (7 R, 12 D) Monitoring
H.R. 593 - To extend the authorization for the construction of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, and to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to manage such construction. 7 (4 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 577 - To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use existing authorities to furnish health care at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities to veterans who live more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest medical facility of the Department that furnishes the care sought by the veteran. 46 (38 R, 8 D) Monitoring
H.R. 572 - To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use existing authorities to furnish health care at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities to veterans who live more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest medical facility of the Department that furnishes the care sought by the veteran, and for other purposes. 30 (16 R, 14 D) Monitoring
H.R. 502 - Veterans Health Administration Management Improvement Act 2 (2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 453 - Healthy Relationships Act of 2015 17 (16 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 444 - Expanding Care for Veterans Act 3 (3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 421 - Classified Veterans Access to Care Act 7 (3 R, 4 D) Monitoring
H.R. 388 - Wounded Veterans Recreation Act 21 (3 R, 18 D) Monitoring
H.R. 359 - Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act 33 (18 R, 15 D) Monitoring
H.R. 353 - Veterans' Access to Hearing Health Act of 2015 34 (22 R, 12 D) Monitoring
H.R. 294 - 1/13/2015--Introduced.Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), during the three-year period beginning on October 1, 2015, to transfer a veteran for whom the Secretary is required to provide nursing home care to a medical foster home that meets VA standards pursuant to a contract or agreement with the VA, at such veteran's request. Requires such veteran to agree, as a transfer condition, to accept VA home health services. 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 203 - 1/12/2015--Passed House without amendment. (There is 1 other summary)(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act or the Clay Hunt SAV Act (Sec. 2) Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: (1) arrange for an independent third party evaluation, to be conducted by September 30, 2018, and each fiscal year thereafter, of the VA's mental healt 32 (9 R, 23 D) Monitoring
H.R. 146 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury have access to hyperbaric oxygen therapy at military medical treatment facilities. 4 (3 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 22 - 1/6/2015--Passed House without amendment. (There is 1 other summary)(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to add a provision to exempt any employee with coverage under a health care program administered by the Department of Defense, including the TRICARE program, or by the Veterans Administration, from classification as an eligible employee of an ap 96 (93 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
Veteran Benefits
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 3032 - Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2016 19 (9 R, 1 I, 9 D) We support this legislation
S. 2596 - A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit veterans who have a service-connected, permanent disability rated as total to travel on military aircraft in the same manner and to the same extent as retired members of the Armed Forces entitled to such travel. 5 (1 R, 4 D) We support this legislation
S. 2393 - Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015 10 (10 D) We support this legislation
S. 2357 - Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015 10 (10 D) We support this legislation
S. 1493 - Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2015 20 (10 R, 1 I, 9 D) We support this legislation
S. 1249 - Military Families Credit Reporting Act 5 (5 D) We support this legislation
S. 979 - A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan by veterans' dependency and indemnity compensation, and for other purposes. 29 (11 R, 1 I, 17 D) We support this legislation
S. 242 - A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide leave to any new Federal employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rated at 30 percent or more for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability, and for other purposes. 3 (2 R, 1 D) Monitoring
S. 241 - A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the payment of temporary compensation to a surviving spouse of a veteran upon the death of the veteran, and for other purposes. 3 (2 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 4676 - Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2016 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3975 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit for veteran first-time homebuyers and for adaptive housing and mobility improvements for disabled veterans, and for other purposes. 3 (1 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3963 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to extend military commissary and exchange store privileges to certain veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart and to their dependents. 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2935 - 6/25/2015--Introduced.Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act Amends the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 to extend through 2018 Department of Veterans Affairs authority for the performance of medical disability evaluations by contract physicians. 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2475 - To provide for a one-year extension of the extended period of protections for members of uniformed services relating to mortgages, mortgage foreclosure, and eviction under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1843 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot program to improve access to supportive services and community coordination for families of disabled veterans. 7 (7 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1594 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan for military surviving spouses to offset the receipt of veterans dependency and indemnity compensation. 177 (86 R, 91 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1496 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the access to child care for certain veterans receiving health care at a facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 10 (10 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1292 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to extend military commissary and exchange store privileges to veterans with a compensable service-connected disability and to their dependents. 23 (10 R, 13 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1187 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to adjust certain limits on the guaranteed amount of a home loan under the home loan program of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 5 (1 R, 4 D) Monitoring
H.R. 993 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to repeal the limitation on the number of veterans authorized to be enrolled in programs of independent living services and assistance administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 5 (5 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 992 - To waive the application fee for veterans with a service-connected disability rated at 50 percent or more who apply to participate in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, and for other purposes. 2 (2 R) -
H.R. 800 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide veterans the option of using an alternative appeals process to more quickly determine claims for disability compensation. 20 (7 R, 13 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 677 - American Heroes COLA Act of 2015 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 675 - To increase, effective as of December 1, 2015, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes. 6 (3 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 501 - To prohibit discrimination on the basis of military service, and for other purposes. 22 (5 R, 17 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 454 - 1/21/2015--Introduced.Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act Requires the United States to forgive any overpayment of military retired or retainer pay for any period after the death of the recipient through the last day of the month in which such death occurs, if such payment is electronically deposited to a joint account bearing the name of the decedent and the decedent's designated beneficiary. Provides a special effective date for the first annuity payment to a survivor under the Survivo 1 (1 R) Monitoring
H.R. 342 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to extend military commissary and exchange store privileges, without time-period limitation, to members of the Armed Forces who are involuntarily separated with a service-connected disability and also to extend such privileges to their dependents. 4 (3 R, 1 D) Monitoring
H.R. 341 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to require States to recognize the military experience of veterans when issuing licenses and credentials to veterans, and for other purposes. 4 (3 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 333 - Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act 69 (17 R, 52 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 182 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to permit the centralized reporting of veteran enrollment by certain groups, districts, and consortiums of educational institutions. 5 (3 R, 2 D) Monitoring
Veteran Education & Employment
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 2106 - 9/30/2015--Introduced.Wounded Warrior Employment Improvement Act of 2015 Directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop and publish an action plan for improving the training and rehabilitation services and assistance provided by the VA for veterans with service-connected disabilities. Requires such plan to include: a comprehensive analysis of, and recommendations and a proposed implementation plan for remedying, workload management challenges at VA regional offices, including 2 (1 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 1603 - Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015 13 (9 R, 4 D) We support this legislation
S. 1517 - VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2015 5 (5 D) We support this legislation
S. 1070 - GI Education Benefit Fairness Act of 2015 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
S. 604 - Veteran Education Empowerment Act 3 (3 D) We support this legislation
S. 602 - GI Bill Fairness Act of 2015 3 (2 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
S. 594 - Military Reserve Jobs Act of 2015 4 (2 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
S. 296 - A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance treatment of certain small business concerns for purposes of Department of Veterans Affairs contracting goals and preferences, and for other purposes. 2 (1 R, 1 D) Monitoring
H.R. 4660 - Jobs for Veterans Act of 2016 6 (5 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3991 - Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Education Relief and Restoration Act of 2015 9 (2 R, 7 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3988 - Military and Veterans Education Protection Act 23 (1 R, 22 D) Monitoring
H.R. 3016 - Veterans Employment, Education, and Healthcare Improvement Act 14 (9 R, 5 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2923 - Maritime and Energy Workforce Technical Training Enhancement Act 9 (5 R, 4 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2861 - Veteran Employment Transition Act 17 (1 R, 16 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2855 - Veterans Education Flexibility Act 14 (14 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2835 - Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015 14 (11 R, 3 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2499 - Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 5 (5 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 2465 - Student Veterans Housing Support Act 2 (2 D) Monitoring
H.R. 2360 - Career-Ready Student Veterans Act 8 (3 R, 5 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1663 - Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act 4 (4 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 1227 - To authorize a pilot program in the Department of Defense to enhance efforts to provide job placement assistance and related employment services directly to members of the National Guard and Reserves and veterans of the Armed Forces. 4 (2 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1222 - 3/3/2015--Introduced.Gold Star Fathers Act Includes as a preference eligible for federal employment purposes a parent (currently, the mother only) of either an individual who lost his or her life under honorable conditions while serving in the Armed Forces during a war, in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or during the period beginning April 28, 1952, and ending July 1, 1955, or a service-connected permanently and totally disabled veteran, if: (1) the 24 (8 R, 16 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 607 - To amend the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to extend the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, and for other purposes. 6 (1 R, 5 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 366 - Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2015 32 (1 R, 31 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 356 - Wounded Warrior Employment Improvement Act 10 (2 R, 8 D) Monitoring
H.R. 344 - To provide for the establishment of a pilot program to encourage the employment of veterans in manufacturing positions. 56 (56 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 76 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit to encourage private employers to hire veterans, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the reasonable efforts an employer may make under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act with respect to hiring veterans, and for other purposes. 5 (5 D) Monitoring
Veteran Owned Small Business
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 1400 - Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2015 1 (1 D) We support this legislation
S. 999 - 6/10/2015--Reported to Senate amended. (There is 1 other summary)Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2015 (Sec. 2) Amends the Small Business Act with respect to the authority of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to use certain SBA programs, including the small business development center (SBDC) program, to provide grants, financial assistance, loans, export assistance, and subcontracting opportunities on federal contracts to specified small businesses, organization * We support this legislation
S. 957 - 6/10/2015--Reported to Senate without amendment. (There is 1 other summary)(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Veterans Entrepreneurship Act (Sec. 3) Amends the Small Business Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) from assessing a guarantee fee in connection with a loan made under the SBA Express Program to a veteran or spouse of a veteran on or after Octo 8 (1 R, 1 I, 6 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 3950 - Veteran Small Business Tax Credit Act of 2015 6 (6 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1694 - To amend MAP-21 to improve contracting opportunities for veteran-owned small business concerns, and for other purposes. 5 (5 R) Monitoring
H.R. 1506 - Small Business Access to Spectrum Act of 2015 6 (6 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1133 - To amend the Federal Credit Union Act to exclude extensions of credit made to veterans from the definition of a member business loan. 17 (6 R, 11 D) Monitoring
Women Veterans & Servicemembers
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
H.R. 4306 - To make permanent the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. 1 (1 D) Monitoring
H.R. 1575 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent the pilot program on counseling in retreat settings for women veterans newly separated from service in the Armed Forces. 4 (4 D) Monitoring

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