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Capitol Hill Update

Monday, May 02, 2016

The Bill Box contains a listing of bills that AUSA is currently tracking.

Active Duty/Guard Reserve Issues - Veterans Issues - Retiree Issues - Health care Issues - Spouse/Family Issues - Other Issues

 

     


ACTIVE DUTY/GUARD RESERVE ISSUES

HOUSE ACTION

H.R. 4534 (Protecting Our Security Through Utilizing
Right-Sized End-Strength (POSTURE) Act)
Cosponsors: 48

• Expresses the sense of Congress that given the uncertain
world and the need for trained and ready U.S. land force, the
planned drawdown of land forces should be stopped.
• Revises the FY 2016 end-strength levels for land forces and
specifies new permanent active duty end strength minimum
levels.
• Introduced by Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y.
• Referred to Committee: Armed Services


SENATE ACTION

S. 2393 (Foreclosure Relief and Extension for
Servicemembers Act)
Cosponsors: 9

• Extends temporarily the extended period of protection for
members of uniformed services relating to mortgages,
mortgage foreclosure, and eviction.
• Introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
• Signed into law March. 31, 2016


VETERANS’ ISSUES

HOUSE ACTION

H.R. 800 (Express Appeals Act)
Cosponsors: 22

• Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot
program to provide veterans the option of using an alternative
appeals process to more quickly determine claims for
disability compensation.
• Introduced by Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas
• Referred to Committee: Veterans’ Affairs


SENATE ACTION

S. 167 (Clay Hunt Sav Act)
Cosponsors: 35

• Directs the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs to provide for
the conduct of annual evaluations of mental health care and
suicide prevention programs of the Department of Veterans’
Affairs and would require a pilot program on loan repayment
for psychiatrists who agree to serve in the Veterans Health
Administration of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
• Introduced by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
• Referred to Committee: Veterans’ Affairs
• Signed into law Feb. 12, 2015.
S. 743 (Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act)
Cosponsors: 24

• Recognizes the service in the reserve components of the
Armed Forces of certain persons by honoring them with status
as veterans under law.
• Introduced by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.
• Referred to Committee: Veterans’ Affairs
S. 1085 (Military and Veteran Caregiver
Services Improvement Act)
Cosponsors: 17

• Expands eligibility for the comprehensive assistance program
for family caregivers of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
• Expands benefits available to program participants to enhance
special compensation for members of the uniformed services
who require assistance in everyday life.
• Introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
• Referred to Committee: Veterans’ Affairs
S. 1203 (21st Century Veterans Benefits
Delivery Act)
Cosponsors: 10

• Improves the processing of claims for benefits under laws
administered by the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs.
• Introduced by Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.
• Passed by Senate Nov. 10, 2015, and received in the
House Nov. 16, 2015.

 

• Referred to Committees: Veterans

   S. 2473 (Express Appeals Act)
Cosponsors: 7

• Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot
program to provide veterans the option of using an alternative
appeals process to more quickly determine claims for
disability compensation.
• Introduced by Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska
• Referred to Committee: Veterans’ Affairs
S. 2493 (Hospital and Medical Care for Over 75 Veterans)
Cosponsors: 0

• Expands eligibility for hospital care and medical services under
section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability
Act of 2014 to include veterans who are age 75 or older.
• Introduced by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.
• Referred to Committee: Veterans’ Affairs
• Hearing held by the Veterans’ Affairs Committee,
Mar. 15, 2016
S. 2712 (Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act)
Cosponsors: 2

• Restores amounts improperly withheld for tax purposes from
severance payments to individuals who retired or separated
from service in the Armed Forces for combat-related injuries.
• Introduced by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va. & John Boozman, R-Ark.
• Referred to Committee: Finance


RETIREE ISSUES

HOUSE ACTION

H.R. 303 (Retired Pay Restoration Act)
Cosponsors: 96

• Permits additional retired members of the Armed Forces who
have a service-connected disability to receive both disability
compensation from the VA for their disability and either retired
pay by reason of their years of military service or
Combat-Related Special Compensation.
• E liminates the phase-in period under current law with respect to
such concurrent receipt.
• Introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla.
• Referred to Committees: Armed Services; Veterans’ Affairs
H.R. 333 (Disabled Veterans’ Tax Termination Act)
Cosponsors: 76

• Permits retired members of the Armed Forces who have a
service-connected disability rated less than 50 percent to
receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans’
disability compensation
• Eliminates the phase-in period for concurrent receipt
• Extends eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability
retirees with less than 20 years of service.
• Introduced by Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga.
• Referred to Committees: Armed Services; Veterans’ Affairs


SENATE ACTION

S. 271 (Retired Pay Restoration Act)
Cosponsors: 23

• Permits certain retired members of the uniformed services who
have a service-connected disability to receive both disability
compensation from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for their
disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of
military service or Combat-Related Special Compensation.
• Introduced by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
• Referred to Committee: Armed Services
SURVIVOR ISSUES
HOUSE ACTION
H.R. 1594 (Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act)
Cosponsors: 178

• Repeals the requirement for reduction of
survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit
Plan to offset the receipt of veteran’s

dependency and indemnity compensation.

   S. 979 (Eliminate the SBP-DIC Offset)
Cosponsors: 17

• Eliminates the dollar for dollar offset of Survivor Benefit Plan
(SBP) from VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
• Introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
• Referred to Committee: Armed Services


HEALTH CARE ISSUES



HOUSE ACTION

H.R. 218 (CHAMPVA Children’s Protection Act of 2013)
Cosponsors: 4

• Increases the maximum age for children eligible for medical
care under the CHAMPVA program.
• Introduced by Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla.
• Referred to Committee: Veterans’ Affairs


SENATE ACTION

S. 471 (Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act)
Cosponsors: 17

• Allows a credit against income tax for amounts paid by a
spouse of a member of the Armed Forces for a new State
license or certification required by reason of a permanent
change in the duty station of such member to another State.
• Introduced by Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.
• Referred to Committee: Veterans’ Affairs


SPOUSE/FAMILY ISSUES

HOUSE ACTION

H.R. 3894 (Strengthen Military Child Abuse-Reporting
Requirements)
Cosponsors: 1

• Requires the prompt notification of State Child Protective
Services by military and civilian personnel of the Department
of Defense required by law to report suspected instances of
child abuse and neglect.
• Introduced by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii
• Passed by the House of Representatives Feb. 9, 2016.
Referred to the Senate for action.



SENATE ACTION

S. 210 (The Military Spouse Job Continuity Act)
Cosponsors: 14

• Allows a credit against income tax for amounts paid by a
spouse of a member of the Armed Forces for a new State
license or certification required by reason of a permanent
change in the duty station of such member to another State.
• Introduced by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.
• Referred to Committee: Finance


OTHER LEGISLATION

HOUSE ACTION

H.R. 1475 (Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall
of Remembrance Act)
Cosponsors: 309

• Authorizes a Wall of Remembrance as part of the Korean War
Veterans Memorial and to allow certain private contributions
to fund that Wall of Remembrance.
• Introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas
• Referred to Committee: Natural Resources
• Passed by the House of Representatives, Feb. 24, 2016


SENATE ACTION

S. 1982 (Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of
Remembrance Act)
Cosponsors: 28

• Authorizes a Wall of Remembrance as part of the Korean War
Veterans Memorial and to allow certain private contributions
to fund that Wall of Remembrance.
• Introduced by Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md.
• Referred to Committee: Energy and Natural Resources