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Ranking Member Roe Applauds House Passage of CARES Act, Includes Emergency Funding for VA

Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes a total of $19.6 billion for VA to protect both veterans and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: "As a nation, we are in unchartered waters in the fight against this deadly virus,” said Roe. “Millions of veterans across the country are concerned about their own health and well-being and th... [...]

Ranking Member Roe, Chairman Takano Introduce Legislation to Minimize COVID-19 Impact on Student Veterans

Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) introduced the bipartisan Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 -- key legislation to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student veterans as schools and universities have taken proactive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. “Over the last two weeks, we have worked hard to assure student veterans that the support they count on from the GI Bill to cover tuition and housing costs won’t be taken away... [...]

President Trump Signs Bill to Safeguard GI Bill Benefits During Coronavirus Pandemic into Law

Tonight, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after President Trump signed a bill he introduced in the House to protect GI Bill benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, into law: “I applaud President Trump for signing this vital piece of legislation into law on behalf of student veterans across the country. Hundreds of thousands of veterans and others rely on the GI Bill to pay for school and to support their families. Tonight, those students can rest assur... [...]

Ranking Member Roe's Bill to Protect Student Veterans Heads to President's Desk

Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed S. 3503, the Senate version of his bill to protect GI Bill benefits for student veterans during the coronavirus crisis: "Just over a week ago, we learned that veterans and other students could lose their GI Bill benefits or have them significantly reduced because of actions their school takes to combat the coronavirus. Today, we took action to make sure that won’t happen. I am grateful to... [...]

Roe, Takano Press VA for Answers on Coronavirus Response

Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) led a bipartisan letter with Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.) and 25 of their Committee colleagues to Secretary Wilkie asking for answers on VA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to daily and weekly updates. It is crucial that VA is prepared to care for their first mission-- serving our nation’s veterans-- even as we work to address a national emergency. Ranking Member Roe and Chairman Takano were joined by Reps. Allred (D-Texas), Banks (R-Ind.), Barr (... [...]

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