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116th Congress Legislation

Note: This does not reflect the status of every bill referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. For a comprehensive list of all bills referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, please click here.

Signed into Law

H.R. 2196: To amend title 38, United States Code, to reduce the credit hour requirement for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program of the Department of Veterans Affairs 

H.R. 2196, introduced by Rep. Andy Barr, would ensure that the scholarship program Congress provided for student veterans in STEM programs can be used in the way Congress intended and - more importantly - ensure that student veterans in these important degree programs receive the support they need to pursue their dreams. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

S. 49: To designate the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, Utah, as the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation


This legislation, which passed the Senate in February, would rename a VA outstation in North Ogden, Utah as the “Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation”. Read the bill here.

H.R. 299: The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Mark Takano, would extend the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange to veterans who served in the Blue Water Navy. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1200: The Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2019

The Veterans Compensation Cost-of Living Adjustment Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Elaine Luria, would provide veterans with a cost-of-living adjustment to ensure that the disability compensation they and their surviving family members receive from VA keeps up with inflation. Click here for more information. Read the bill here. 

H.R. 4285: The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2019

The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2019 would continue numerous programs at VA that were set to expire by the end of the fiscal or calendar year. A section-by-section summary of the bill can be found here

Passed House

H.R. 4477: The Reducing High Risk to Veterans and Veterans Services Act

The Reducing High Risk to Veterans and Veterans Services Act, introduced by Rep. Chris Pappas, would improve management and better the quality of care within the Veterans Health Administration in order to remove it from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) “High Risk List” of federal government programs that are most susceptible to fraud, waste, or mismanagement. Read the bill here

H.R. 4625: Protect the GI Bill Act


The Protect the GI Bill Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Levin, would ensure that schools receiving GI Bill funding inform prospective students of the cost of attendance, how much their benefits cover, student outcomes, and more. The bill empowers State Approving Agencies (SAAs) to flag or suspend new enrollments to schools that violate these requirements. Further, this bill also bans schools from misrepresenting themselves while marketing, recruiting, and enrolling students. Read the bill here

H.R. 4162: The GI Bill Planning Act of 2019

The GI Bill Planning Act, introduced by Rep. Jack Bergman, would save money for new military enlistees and make it easier for them to understand their future education benefits. Specifically, this bill allows recruits 6 months - instead of just 2 weeks into boot camp – to decide if they want to pay $1200 for Montgomery GI Bill eligibility. Nearly 70% of recruits sign up to pay the expense, but few will ever actually choose this program over the newer Post 9/11 GI Bill. Additionally, this legislation responsibly ends new enlistee enrollments in this outdated benefit by 2030. Read the bill here

H.R. 3224: The Deborah Sampson Act 

The Deborah Sampson Act, introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley, would ensure that women seeking care at VA have access to the high-quality care, benefits, and services that women veterans have earned. This bill would also create an Office of Women's Health within VA; require VA to establish environment of care standards for women veterans and ensure that VA medical facilities are retrofitted to meet those standards; require and fund programs to train providers in VA medical facilities an in the community on women's health; and improve access to care for women veterans and their newborn children. This bill would also include provisions that would help all veterans - women and men - who experience military sexual trauma, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or sexual harassment to get the support and the care that they need. Read the bill here

H.R. 3996: VA Design-Build Construction Enhancement Act of 2019

The VA Design-Build Construction Enhancement Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Jim Banks, would encourage VA to use the design-build construction method to complete construction projects in a swift manner and give our veterans the world class facilities they have earned. Read the bill here

H.R. 1424: Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act

The Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act, introduced by Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, would require VA's national cemeteries to allow the display of the Battlefield Cross, which is a monument that depicts a fallen servicemember by an inverted rifle, with a helmet and dog tags on top, and a pair of combat boots at the bottom. Read the bill here

H.R. 4771: VA Tele-Hearing Modernization Act

The VA Tele-Hearing Modernization Act, introduced by Rep. Joe Cunningham, would expand the Board of Veterans' Appeals hearing options to include tele-hearings. Which would allow veterans to use their personal device for a VA hearing, this bill will help make hearings more accessible for veterans, especially those in rural areas or for whom travel might be physically challenging. Read the bill here

H.R. 4360: VA Overpayment Accountability Act

The VA Overpayment Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Andy Kim, would ensure that veterans are not unduly harmed by VA's debt collection process. Read the bill here

H.R. 4356: Protecting Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act

The Protecting Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act, introduced by Rep. Josh Harder, would amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to give a spouse or dependent of a servicemember who experiences a catastrophic injury or who dies while in military service the ability to terminate telephone, multichannel video programming, or interest service contracts. This bill will also extend SCRA protections to members of the National Guard and Reserve who are executing active duty orders or are performing inactive-duty training. Read the bill here

H.R. 95: The Homeless Veteran Families Act

The Homeless Veteran Families Act, introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley, updates the Department of Veterans Affairs per diem payment calculation for entities furnishing services to homeless veterans to include funding for a minor dependent. The rate for per diem payments is the daily cost of care as estimated by the grant recipient or eligible entity. Further, this bill would expand the per diem payment amount for a homeless veteran who has care of a minor dependent to the daily cost of care plus, for each minor dependent, an amount that equals 50% of such daily cost of care.

H.R. 1199: The VA Website Accessibility Act of 2019

The VA Website Accessibility Act, introduced by Rep. Elaine Luria, would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study and submit a plan to Congress that would make VA websites accessible for veterans affected by blindness or hearing loss. 

H.R. 2334: To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Odessa, Texas, as the "Wilson and Young Medal of Honor VA Clinic"

This bill, introduced by Rep. Mike Conaway, would honor the lives of two heroes from Texas - First Class Alfred “Mac” Wilson and Staff Sergeant Marvin “Rex” Young, who both posthumously received the Medal of Honor for their heroic actions during the Vietnam War - by naming the VA community-based outpatient clinic in Odessa, Texas, after them.

H.R. 2385: To permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program 

This bill, introduced by Rep. Conor Lamb, would provide the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with the authority to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce outreach materials for the Veterans Legacy Program (VLP), an educational initiative from the National Cemetery Administration (NCA).

H.R. 1812: The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act 

The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act, introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, would expand eligibility for counseling and care at Vet Centers to those who served in the Reserve, National Guard or Coast Guard who never deployed but served during emergency situations in the wake of disaster, civil disorder or in support of dangerous drug interdiction operations. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 840: Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act

The Veterans' Access to Child Care Act, introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley, would make VA’s pilot program for child care a permanent program at VA for veterans who are receiving regular mental health services and other intensive health care services from VA and serve as the primary caretaker of a child. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2045: Veterans' Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan (VET OPP) Act of 2019

The VET OPP Act, introduced by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, would realign the transition, education, and employment programs at VA under one roof. This would streamline these veteran services and place a greater priority on opportunity-based programs within VA. The legislation would create a new administration, the Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration, which would be accountable to a presidentially appointed undersecretary and would be created using existing resources at VA to avoid the growth of government and additional bureaucracy. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2333: The Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act

The Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act, introduced by Rep. Anthony Brindisi,  would direct the Government Accountability Office to assess the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of VA's Suicide Prevention Coordinators to ensure that they are being used effectively to support veterans in crisis and assist in preventing suicide among servicemembers and veterans most in need of their support. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2372: The Veterans' Care Quality Transparency Act

The Veterans' Care Quality Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Lauren Underwood, would  require an assessment of VA’s agreements with other government and non-governmental entities to ensure that they are working as intended to prevent suicide among our nation’s heroes. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1947: To exempt transfers of funds from Federal agencies to VA for nonprofit corporations from certain provisions of the Economy Act 

H.R. 1947, introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, would provide explicit authority for NPCs to administer amounts transferred to them without regard to fiscal year limitations.  Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1271:Veterans’-Specific Education for Tomorrow’s Health Professionals Act of 2019 (VET HP Act)

The VET HP Act, introduced by Rep. Marcy Kaptur, would require VA to carry out a pilot program to provide undergraduate students with clinical observation experience within VA to increase awareness of medical conditions common to veterans and encourage potential careers in the VA. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1381: The Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act

The Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act, introduced by Rep. Raul Ruiz, would create a process to ensure that the burn pit registry may be updated with the cause of death of a deceased registered individual. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2326: the Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William Bill Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act of 2019

H.R. 2326, introduced by Rep. Mike Levin, would ensure that more servicemembers can attend the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and more veterans can receive support and training once they have left the military. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

Passed Committee

H.R. 561: Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2019

The Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Jack Bergman, would require participants in the Vets First Program to certify that they are performing the required percentage of work and directs VA to refer suspected violators to the Office of the Inspector General for investigation. The bill also would direct the VA Secretary to consider whether existing administrative and criminal penalties for fraudulent representation would apply in each case. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 3749: The Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act

The Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act, introduced by Rep. Jimmy Panetta, would 
direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide grants to organizations that provide legal services to homeless veterans and veterans at risk for homelessness. The legislation would help provide assistance for legal services including helping veterans with outstanding warrants or fines, child support matters, and license revocations, as well as specific assistance for women veterans and their families. Read the bill here

H.R. 4613: The VA Reporting Transparency Act

The VA Reporting Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Max Rose,
would require Congressionally-mandated reports on service and accessibility, including reports on nurse staffing and fraud prevention efforts, be made available on VA’s website after redaction. Read the bill here

Introduced 

H.R. 3495: The IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans' Act

The IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans' Act, introduced by Rep. Jack Bergman, would establish a grant program at VA to expand the reach of services aimed at preventing veterans’ suicide by providing grants to entities within communities that offer and coordinate suicide prevention services for veterans and their families. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.  

H.R. 3788: The Child Care Protection Act

The Child Care Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Andy Barr, would prevent an individual who has been charged with a sex offense, an offense involving a child victim, a violent crime, or a drug felony from caring for children in the VA's child care program unless they have been suspended from having any contact with children while on the job until the case has been resolved. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 3826: The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act

The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, would ensure that no veteran loses their Second Amendment right to bear arms because VA appoints someone to help manage their VA benefits. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 3450: To prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from transmitting certain information to the Department of Justice for use by the national instant criminal background check system.

This bill, introduced by Rep. Chip Roy, would ensure that no veteran loses their Second Amendment right to bears arms because they receive disability benefits from VA. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 4503, The VA Workplace Integrity Act 

The VA Workplace Integrity Act, introduced by Rep. Neal Dunn, would combat the use of financial incentives to pressure federal employees into joining unions. The VA Workplace Integrity Act protects Veterans Affairs employees from undue financial manipulation stemming from labor unions. Read the bill here

H.R. 4920, The VA Contracting Preference Consistency Act

The VA Contracting Preference Consistency Act, introduced by Rep. Mark Takano, would preserve VA’s longest-standing partnerships with AbilityOne non-profit companies, while also preserving the Veterans First Program by applying it to all other VA purchasing. Further, this bill would protect meaningful employment opportunities for thousands of blind and severely handicapped individuals across the country that would otherwise be in jeopardy. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 499: The Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act 

The Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act, introduced by Rep. Steve Chabot, addresses conflicting language in prior laws to ensure that surviving spouses of less than 100% service-disabled veteran small business owners can retain their priority for three years following the servicemember’s death, protecting widows and widowers from potentially catastrophic disruptions to their businesses during one of the most difficult times in their lives. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 547: The Biological Implant Tracking and Veterans Safety Act

The Biological Implant Tracking and Veterans Safety Act, introduced by Rep. Dr. Phil Roe, would ensure veterans do not receive contaminated tissue by requiring the VA to adopt the same system for tracking implants and tissue used within the private sector. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 628: WINGMAN Act

The WINGMAN Act, introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho, allows designated permanent, full time Congressional staffers to look up the status of a veteran's claim on VA’s database - but only if the veteran has given the staffer permission. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 497 The Burial Rights for America’s Veterans’ Efforts (BRAVE) Act of 2019

The BRAVE Act, introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter, would update the burial allowance each fiscal year to reflect current inflation. H.R. 497 would also raise the $300 benefit for veterans with a non-service connected death to match the allowance for veterans who pass away in a VA facility. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 697:  “To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay costs relating to the transportation of certain deceased veterans to veterans' cemeteries owned by a State or tribal organization”

H.R. 697, introduced by Rep. Jim Banks, would expand the VA Secretary’s authority to pay for transportation costs if the families choose to have deceased veterans buried in a national cemetery, state veterans cemetery or tribal veterans cemetery. Under the bill, VA would pay expenses up to the cost of transporting the veteran’s remains to the nearest national cemetery. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 747: “To direct VA to research medicinal cannabis” 

H.R. 747, introduced by Rep. Dr. Phil Roe, would promote medical research into the safety and efficacy of medicinal cannabis usage on veterans diagnosed with PTSD, chronic pain and other illnesses and injuries by (1) specifically requiring VA to conduct and support research regarding medicinal cannabis and (2) requiring VA to report to Congress on how it intends to exercise that authority.  Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 846: The Veterans Serving Veterans Act of 2019

The Veterans Serving Veterans Act, introduced by Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, would expand on that pilot program and increase veteran employment across the VA healthcare system by requiring VA to identify the military occupation specialties (MOS’) that correlate with open positions within VA, to coordinate with the Department of Defense to identify soon-to-be-separated servicemembers and to add their relevant information to VA’s recruiting database, and to establish a  program to recruit, train and certify former military medics to work as ICTs at VA medical facilities. Click here for more information. Read the bill here. 

H.R 1527: The Long Term Care Veterans Choice Act

The Long Term Care Veterans Choice Act, introduced by Rep. Clay Higgins, would ensure that VA would be authorized to pay the costs for eligible veterans who prefer to live in an MFH. Click here for more information. Read the bill here. 

H.R. 1577: VA Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act

VA Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Robert Wittman, would encourage efficiency and transparency in VA’s procurement processes by mandating high-level parameters for how the department calculates its savings from encouraging competition when awarding procurement contracts. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1615: Verification Alignment and Service-disabled Business Adjustment (VA-SBA) Act

H.R. 1615, introduced by Rep. Trent Kelly, would would institute an affirmative certification requirement for SDVOSBs throughout the federal government. This legislation would also transfer responsibility for certification from VA to SBA, thus aligning it with all other small business contracting programs. Additionally, it would guarantee that no self-certified SDVOSB would be excluded from a contracting opportunity if SBA was too slow to decide its certification application, and it would preserve the unique Veteran Owned Small Business contracting preference in VA. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1628: Enewetak Atoll Cleanup Radiation Study Act

H.R. 1628, introduced by Rep. Greg Steube, would require VA to partner with NAS and conduct a small-scale prospective study to determine the accuracy and adequacy of DoD’s study, as well as whether a new Radiation Dose Assessment (RDA) would be possible and would improve the estimates for ECUP veterans. If a new RDA is warranted, NAS would identify the data sources, methodology, cost, and timeline for the new RDA. Moreover, the Secretary of VA would be required to provide, within 90 days of receiving the study, his plan of action in response to the study’s results. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1962: the Department of Veterans Affairs Creation of On-Site Treatment Systems Affording Veterans Improvements and Numerous General Safety Enhancements (VA COST SAVINGS) Act

H.R. 1962, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, would: (1) require VA to identify VA facilities that would benefit from cost savings associated with the use of an on-site regulated medical waste treatment system over a five year period; (2) require VA to develop a uniform, regulated medical waste cost analysis model to be used to determine the cost savings associated with the use of an on-site regulated medical waste treatment system; (3) ensure that, at each VA facility identified as a facility that would benefit from an on-site regulated medical waste treatment system, these systems are purchased pursuant to the purchase agreement known as the “VHA Regulated Medical Waste On-Site Treatment Equipment Systems Blanket Purchase Agreement." Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2221: The Fry Scholarship Improvement Act of 2019

H.R. 2221, introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, would extend eligibility for the Fry Scholarship to surviving spouses and children of deceased National Guard and Reserve members whose deaths are deemed service-connected by VA, but who died while not on active-duty and if the death occurred within four years of the servicemember’s last discharge. Click here  for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 3083: The AIR Acceleration Act of 2019

The AIR Acceleration Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, would allow the comprehensive review of VA capital assets to get underway as soon as possible so that America’s veterans can benefit from a stronger VA healthcare system as soon as possible. Click here for more information.

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