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117th 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. 2911: The V.A. Transparency & Trust Act of 2021

The V.A. Transparency & Trust Act of 2021, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, would require V.A. to report to Congress on the use of the billions of dollars in emergency relief funding that was given to the Department over the past year. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 1276: The VA VACCINE Act [Note: Enacted as the SAVE LIVES Act]

The VA VACCINE Act, introduced by Rep. Mark Takano and Rep. Mike Bost, would expand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ability to provide COVID-19 vaccines to veterans and their caregivers. Under this legislation, VA would be able to provide vaccines to all veterans—including those not currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system and those who have an income above a certain threshold—and caregivers who provide essential support to veterans. This bill would also expand VA's authority so that they can provide vaccines to veterans living abroad who rely on the Foreign Medical Program (including those who reside in the Philippines). Read the bill here.

H.R. 637: The Veterans Economic Recovery Act

The Veterans Economic Recovery Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, would connect eligible veterans, members of the National Guard, and Reservists who lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic with rapid retraining for in-demand jobs. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 1510: The Veterans’ Camera Reporting (VCR) Act

The Veterans’ Camera Reporting (VCR) Act, introduced by Rep. David McKinley and Rep. Mike Bost, would require a V.A. report on cameras in V.A. medical centers following several high-profile cases where missing or malfunctioning cameras contributed to veteran harm or death. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 2523: The Training in High-Demand Roles to Improve Veteran Employment Act (THRIVE Act)

The Training in High-Demand Roles to Improve Veteran Employment Act (THRIVE Act). introduced by Rep. Mike Levin and Rep. Mike Bost, would improve veterans’ job training and education benefits by amending a number of provisions under the American Rescue Plan Act and the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1448: The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act

The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act, introduced by then-Rep. Steve Stivers, would help connect veterans with PTSD with service dogs and establish an innovative service dog training pilot program to help them heal. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2441: The Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act

The Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act, introduced by Rep. Axne and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, would expand mental health care and support to veterans in rural and remote areas. Read the bill here

Passed the House

H.R. 2494: The VET OPP Act

The VET OPP Act, introduced by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, would establish a Fourth Administration at V.A. to oversee all veteran education benefits and economic opportunity programs. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 2704: Improving VA Accountability to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Act of 2021

The Improving VA Accountability to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Act of 2021, introduced by Rep. Chris Pappas, would require stricter reporting of allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination at V.A. to create a more welcoming environment for veterans and employees. Read the bill here

H.R. 958: The Protecting Moms Who Served Act

The Protecting Moms Who Served Act, introduced by Rep. Lauren Underwood, would improve V.A. care for veteran mothers before, during, and after their pregnancy. Read the bill here

H.R. 293: The HELP Act

The HELP Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, would require VA to establish qualification standards and performance metrics for HR professionals working in the Veterans Health Administration. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 290: The GI Bill Transferability Protection Act of 2021 

The GI Bill Transferability Protection Act of 2021, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, this bill would ensure that the servicemember, not their spouse or dependent, is responsible for repaying GI Bill expenses incurred as a result of the servicemember’s failure to fulfill their service obligation. It would also clarify that the servicemember is only liable for expenses incurred due to their failure to complete their service obligation. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 239: Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act

The Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley, would eliminate pay copays for birth control at V.A to ensure women veterans do not pay more at V.A. than they would while on active-duty, or through private sector healthcare. Read the bill here

Introduced

H.R. 4625: The VA Caregiver Transparency Act

The VA Caregiver Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Jack Bergman, would allow VA to complete the expansion of the Family Caregiver Program sooner than 2022. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 4626: The VA Assessment by Independent Measure (AIM) Act

The VA Assessment by Independent Measure (AIM) Act, introduced by Rep. Jack Bergman, would require VA to repeat the Independent Assessment every decade, beginning in 2025. It would adopt the Independent Assessment framework in the Choice Act and expand it to include VA’s training, research, and emergency response missions. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 4624: The Guaranteeing Healthcare Access to Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act

The Guaranteeing Healthcare Access to Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act, introduced by Rep. Jack Bergman, would continue Congress’ and the veteran community’s ongoing work to make the VA health care system more accessible and accountable to those in need of its services. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.
 
H.R. 4233: The Student Veterans Counseling Centers Eligibility Act

The Student Veterans Counseling Centers Eligibility Act, introduced by Rep. Greg Murphy, would expand Vet Center eligibility to student veterans who are using a VA education program. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2326: The Veterans’ Cyber Risk Awareness Act

The Veterans' Cyber Risk Awareness Act, introduced by Rep. Nancy Mace, would direct VA’s Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs to conduct a communications and outreach campaign to educate veterans about cyber risks. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2127: The Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) Act of 2021

The Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) Act of 2021, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, would expand access to VA care and benefits for veterans who have experienced toxic exposure during their service by allowing them to enroll in the VA healthcare system and by developing a consistent process for VA to establish presumptions of service connection for current and future toxic exposures. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 2082: The VA Supply Chain Resiliency Act

The VA Supply Chain Resiliency Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, would require VA to participate in the Warstopper program. Click here for more information. Read the bill here

H.R. 1217: The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act

The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, would prohibit VA from sending information on veterans (or beneficiaries) who are assisted by a fiduciary to NICS without a judicial ruling that they are a danger to themselves, or others. This would ensure that veterans are afforded the same due process that every other American receives before any action is taken that would deprive them of one of the constitutional rights. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 1216: The Modernizing Veterans' Healthcare Eligibility Act

The Modernizing Veterans' Healthcare Eligibility Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, would create a bipartisan commission to assess veterans’ eligibility for care within VA and make recommendations for how such eligibility could be revised and simplified. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 292: The VA Health Center Management and Stability Act

The VA Health Center Management and Stability Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, would require VA to develop and implement a plan to hire directors at VA medical centers that lack permanent leadership and to prioritize hiring at those facilities that have lacked such leadership the longest. As part of that plan, VA would be required to identify any impediments to hiring medical center directors that exist as well as opportunities to train and promote internal candidates to leadership positions. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

H.R. 291: The COST Savings Act

The COST Savings Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, would require VA to develop a uniform medical waste cost analysis model to determine the cost savings associated with the use of an on-site medical waste treatment system and identify facilities that would benefit from the cost savings associated with the use of an on-site medical waste treatment system over a five year period. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

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