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Republicans Request Hearing on Bills to Protect Veterans' Second Amendment Rights, Children

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Washington, July 22, 2019 | Samantha Gonzalez (202-225-3527) | comments
Last week, Rep. Phil Roe M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the Committee's Minority Members wrote to Rep. Mark Takano (D-Ca.), the Chairman of the Committee, requesting a legislative hearing on bills to protect veterans' Second Amendment rights and ensure the safety of veterans' children in child care programs supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

These letters come after Chairman Takano refused to allow the Committee to debate amendments that these bills are based on during a markup earlier this month. Due to the unusually partisan nature of that markup, Ranking Member Roe filed Minority views on those amendments, which can be read here and here

"These bills address serious issues affecting our nation's veterans - issues that are about as non-controversial as it gets," said Roe. "Despite the unprecedented and heavy-handed tactics used to stifle debate on them during our markup, I hope that Chairman Takano concedes to our request and schedules hearings on these bills as soon as we return from the August district work period." 

Click here to read the letter requesting a hearing on H.R. 3826 and H.R. 3450, bills to protect veterans' Second Amendment rights, and here to read the letter requesting a hearing on H.R. 3788, a bill to protect veterans' children from being cared for by potential predators in VA child care programs.  

Background: 

H.R. 3826, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, 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 to read more. 

H.R. 3450 would ensure that no veteran loses their Second Amendment right to bears arms because they receive disability benefits from VA. Click here to read more.

H.R. 3788, the VA Child Care Protection Act, would ensure that an individual who has been charged with a serious crime - such as a sexual or physical assault of a child - is prevented from caring for a veteran’s child under the VA child care program. Click here to read more. 


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