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Washington Update for 10/25/2019




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House Floor Action and House Veterans Affairs Committee Action



House Sends Four Bills to Senate for Action

The House of Representatives passed four bills on October 15, 2019. The bipartisan legislation will help homeless veterans with children find transitional housing, help veterans with disabilities access important information from VA's website, and help preserve the legacies of those interred in veterans' cemeteries. A final bill honors two Medal of Honor recipients for their heroic actions during the Vietnam War - by naming the VA community-based outpatient clinic in Odessa, Texas, after them.
They are:
•     H.R. 95: The Homeless Veterans Families Act.
•     H.R. 1199: The VA Website Accessibility Act of 2019.
•     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."
•     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.

All will be forwarded to the Senate for consideration and action.

House Committee on Veterans Affairs Moves Six Bills to Floor

On October 16, 2019, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs (HVAC) held a full committee markup and past six bills to the House floor for consideration. The bills will improve veterans' lives by ensuring GI Bill benefits are protected from predatory for-profit schools, providing legal services for homeless veterans, addressing key high risk areas within VA, improving transparency, and protecting business opportunities for veterans. The six bills are: 

1) H.R. 561: The Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2019.
2) H.R. 3749: The Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act.
3) H.R. 4162: The GI Bill Planning Act of 2019.
4) H.R. 4477: The Reducing High Risk to Veterans and Veterans Services Act.
5) H.R. 4613: The VA Reporting Transparency Act.
6) H.R. 4625: Protect the GI Bill Act.

HVAC officials have asked for swift House floor action.



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