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House Veterans Affairs Committee passes VVA top legislative priorities H.R 299 Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act and language in H.R 5674 VA Mission Care Act extending caregiver benefits to pre-911 veterans

House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Chairman Phil Roe, M.D.

For Immediate Release

Washington, May 8, 2018 Tiffany Haverly 202-225-3527

Veterans Affairs’ Committee Passes VA MISSION Act, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, 14 Other Bills

Washington, D.C. – Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passed 16 bills out of committee, including the VA MISSION Act and the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, and assigned Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) to the Subcommittees on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs and Oversight and Investigations:

“Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs doubled down on our promise to build a stronger VA for our nation’s heroes and ensure veterans are receiving the care and benefits they deserve by passing the VA MISSION Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation supported by leading veterans service organizations, VA and the White House. This is a transformational, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reform VA, and I am so proud of the strong support this bill received in today’s markup. President Trump has called on Congress to pass this bill before Memorial Day, and today’s vote gets us one step closer to the president’s desk. I’d also like to thank Senators Isakson and Tester for their hard work throughout this process and Ranking Member Walz for his constructive feedback.

“We owe it to the brave veterans who served in the Vietnam War to provide benefits for conditions they may have developed because of exposure to Agent Orange. I’m also proud of our work today to send the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act to the full House, and I’m grateful for Rep. Valadao’s continued leadership on this important legislation.

“Finally, I’d also like to welcome Rep. Conor Lamb to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Rep. Lamb serves in the Marine Corps Reserves, and I know America’s veterans will benefit from his service on this committee.”

The following bills were passed out of committee:

• H.R. 299: The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017

• H.R. 5674: The Department of Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks “MISSION” Act

• H.R. 1972: The VA Billing Accountability Act

• H.R. 2147: The Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act

• H.R. 3642: Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment (SAVE) Act

• H.R. 3832: The Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act

• H.R. 4635: To direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the number of peer-to-peer counselors providing counseling for women veterans

• H.R. 5520: The Veterans Affairs Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018

• H.R. 4245: The Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017

• HR 4334: The Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act of 2017

• H.R. 4451: The Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017

• H.R. 4830: The Servicemembers Improved Transition through Reforms for Ensuring Progress (SIT-REP) Act

• H.R. 4958: The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018

• H.R. 5044: The Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act

• H.R. 5215: The Veterans Affairs Purchase Card Misuse Mitigation Act

• H.R. 5418: The Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act

Source: https://veterans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2158