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US HR 1096 - Seth Wilbur Moulton
250th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Commemorative Coin Act
07/26/2023 - Presented to President.
250th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Commemorative Coin Act This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to mint and issue not more than 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins emblematic of the 250th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps. All surcharges received by Treasury from the sale of such coins must be paid to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and shall only be used for the purposes of supporting the mission of the Marine Corps Heritage Center.

US HR 1530 - Morgan Joe Luttrell
Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2023
09/21/2023 - Received in the Senate.
Veterans Benefits Improvement Act This bill addresses certain requirements related to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical disability examinations for purposes of benefit claims. First, the bill updates procedures related to the publishing of VA disability benefit questionnaire forms. Specifically, the VA does not have to publish certain forms if it determines the form could not reasonably be completed to a clinically acceptable standard by someone who is not an employee or contractor of the VA. The bill also requires the VA to report on its efforts to provide reimbursement for a veteran's travel to a facility, regardless of whether the facility is inside or outside of the United States, when such travel is incident to a scheduled compensation and pension examination. Additionally, the VA must partner with veterans service organizations and other stakeholders (as determined by the VA) to implement an outreach program for veterans regarding (1) contact information for contractors providing medical disability examinations, and (2) the requirement for veterans to provide personally identifiable information when contacted by such contractors to verify their identity. The VA must also include certain elements in contracts it enters with contractors to provide medical disability examinations. Specifically, every communication from a contractor to a claimant regarding the scheduling of such an examination must be contemporaneously transmitted to the appropriate representative for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. Finally, the VA must report on improving its support of governmental veterans service officers.

US HR 1606 - Bradley Scott Schneider
Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2023
06/21/2023 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2023 This bill provides statutory authority for the Boots to Business Program, which provides entrepreneurship training to individuals including veterans and active members of the Armed Forces, to be administered by the Small Business Administration.

US HR 1669 - Juan Ciscomani
VET–TEC Authorization Act of 2023
05/30/2023 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
VET-TEC Authorization Act of 2023 This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to permanently implement a program under which it provides up to 8,000 covered individuals per year the opportunity to enroll in high technology programs of education that provide non-degree training or skills related to computer programming, media application, data processing, or information sciences. A covered individual is a veteran who (1) the VA determines is under the age of 62, served an aggregate of at least 36 months on active duty, and was discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable; or (2) will satisfy such requirements in fewer than 180 days after the VA's determination. In administering the program, the VA must provide assistance to covered individuals in amounts equal to those provided to Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients who are pursuing a degree on more than a half-time basis. The VA must seek to enter into contracts with any number of qualified providers of high technology programs of education and pay such providers a specified percentage of the tuition and other fees for each enrolled individual. The bill prescribes (1) requirements for a provider of a program to be considered as qualified (e.g., the provider employs instructors the VA determines are experts in their respective fields), and (2) criteria for the VA to approve providers for contracts. If a covered individual has remaining entitlement to other VA educational assistance, entitlement under this program must be charged at the rate of one month of that remaining entitlement for each month of assistance under this program.

US HR 2 - Mario Rafael Diaz-Balart Caballero
Secure the Border Act of 2023
05/15/2023 - Received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
Secure the Border Act of 2023 This bill addresses issues regarding immigration and border security, including by imposing limits to asylum eligibility. For example, the bill * requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to resume activities to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border; * provides statutory authorization for Operation Stonegarden, which provides grants to law enforcement agencies for certain border security operations; * prohibits DHS from processing the entry of non-U.S. nationals (aliens under federal law) arriving between ports of entry; * limits asylum eligibility to non-U.S. nationals who arrive in the United States at a port of entry; * authorizes the removal of a non-U.S. national to a country other than that individual's country of nationality or last lawful habitual residence, whereas currently this type of removal may only be to a country that has an agreement with the United States for such removal; * expands the types of crimes that may make an individual ineligible for asylum, such as a conviction for driving while intoxicated causing another person's serious bodily injury or death; * authorizes DHS to suspend the introduction of certain non-U.S. nationals at an international border if DHS determines that the suspension is necessary to achieve operational control of that border; * prohibits states from imposing licensing requirements on immigration detention facilities used to detain minors; * authorizes immigration officers to permit an unaccompanied alien child to withdraw their application for admission into the United States even if the child is unable to make an independent decision to withdraw the application; * imposes additional penalties for overstaying a visa; and * requires DHS to create an electronic employment eligibility confirmation system modeled after the E-Verify system and requires all employers to use the system.

US HR 2379 - Subramanian Raja Krishnamoorthi
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 616 East Main Street in St. Charles, Illinois, as the "Veterans of the Vietnam War Memorial Post Office".
10/03/2023 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 616 East Main Street in St. Charles, Illinois, as the "Veterans of the Vietnam War Memorial Post Office."

US HR 2622 - Peter Anderson Sessions
To amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to codify certain Securities and Exchange Commission no-action letters that exclude brokers and dealers compensated for certain research services from the definition of investment adviser, and for other purposes.
07/12/2023 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
This bill provides statutory authority for specified Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) guidance allowing broker-dealers to receive payments for research services provided to investment managers. Under current law, broker-dealers that receive payments for performing this service must register as investment advisors. However, the SEC currently waives enforcement against these broker-dealers.

US HR 2670 - Michael Dennis Rogers
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024
12/14/2023 - Presented to President.
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 This bill authorizes FY2024 appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense (DOD) programs and activities, military construction, the national security programs of the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Maritime Administration. It also authorizes appropriations for the Defense Nuclear Safety Board and the Naval Petroleum Reserves. The bill authorizes appropriations but it does not provide budget authority, which is provided by appropriations legislation. For additional information on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) see * CRS In Focus IF10516, Defense Primer: Navigating the NDAA, * CRS In Focus IF10515, Defense Primer: The NDAA Process, and  * CRS Insight IN12210, FY2024 NDAA: Status of Legislative Activity. DIVISION A--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZATIONS TITLE I--PROCUREMENT This title authorizes appropriations for acquiring or modifying various military items (such as aircraft, ships, tracked combat vehicles, missiles, and ammunition) and sets policy for certain procurement programs. Below are some examples of provisions in this title. Sec. 131 authorizes the Navy to enter into multiyear procurement contracts for up to 13 Virginia class submarines (nuclear-powered attack submarines), as well as advance procurement contracts (i.e., contracts to procure components needed for an item long before the item itself  is purchased) for equipment and subsystems associated with the Virginia class submarine program. Sec. 157 prohibits the use of funds made available to the Air Force for FY2024 from being used to reduce the number of certain KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft within the Air Force's reserve components. Sec. 158 prohibits the use of funds made available to the Air Force for FY2024 from being used to terminate a production line for HH-60W combat rescue helicopters. Sec. 181 authorizes DOD to enter into multiyear procurement contracts for rare earth elements (generally, a group of elements used in many products, such as rechargeable batteries and defense applications) that are processed in the United States by qualified domestic sources, and to enter into related advance procurement contacts. For additional information see * CRS Report RL32418, Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress, * CRS In Focus IF11226, Defense Primer: Acquiring Specialty Metals and Sensitive Materials, * CRS In Focus IF10599, Defense Primer: Procurement, and  * CRS Report R46618, An Overview of Rare Earth Elements and Related Issues for Congress. TITLE II--RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST, AND EVALUATION This title authorizes appropriations for research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) and sets policy for certain RDT&E activities, such as additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing), artificial intelligence, and quantum computing. Below are some examples of provisions in this title. Sec. 214 requires DOD to establish certain disclosure requirements for applicants and recipients of DOD research funding conducted by an institution of higher education (IHE). The disclosures must include the researchers' date and place of birth, country of citizenship, educational background, employment background, and affiliations with foreign governments.  Sec. 220 requires DOD to implement a process to assess whether an artificial intelligence (AI) technology used by DOD is functioning responsibly and report and address instances where the technology is not functioning responsibly, including by discontinuing its use if necessary. Sec. 222 establishes a pilot program to enable organizations within DOD to test and evaluate how quantum and quantum-hybrid applications may be used to solve technical challenges and provide needed capabilities. Specifically, DOD shall seek to carry out the pilot program in partnership with (1) a federally funded research and development center, and (2) one or more private-sector entities with e

US HR 2870 - Glenn F. Ivey
To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a Federal firearms licensee from selling or delivering certain semiautomatic centerfire rifles or semiautomatic centerfire shotguns to a person under 21 years of age, with exceptions for active duty military personnel and full-time law enforcement officers, and for other purposes.
04/26/2023 - Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

US HR 2886 - John Raymond Garamendi
To amend title 10, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Defense to make certain improvements relating to access to military installations in the United States, and for other purposes.
04/26/2023 - Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

US HR 2896 - Brian Jeffrey Mast
To amend title 10, United States Code, to establish a separation oath for members of the Armed Forces who are separating from military service.
04/26/2023 - Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

US HR 2911 - Marilyn Strickland
To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to periodically review the automatic maximum coverage under the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance program and the Veterans' Group Life Insurance program, and for other purposes.
04/26/2023 - Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US HR 347 - Elise Marie Stefanik
Reduce Exacerbated Inflation Negatively Impacting the Nation Act
03/06/2023 - Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 23.
Reduce Exacerbated Inflation Negatively Impacting the Nation Act This bill requires the Office of Management and Budget and the Council of Economic Advisers to provide an inflation estimate for each executive order that is projected to cause an annual gross budgetary effect of at least $1 billion. The estimate must determine whether the executive order will have * no significant impact on inflation, * a quantifiable inflationary impact on the consumer price index, or * a significant impact on inflation that cannot be quantified at the time the estimate is prepared. The requirement does not apply to executive orders that (1) provide for emergency assistance or relief at the request of any state or local government or an official of the government, or (2) are necessary for national security or the ratification or implementation of international treaty obligations.

US HR 366 - Mark Allan Takano
Korean American VALOR Act
11/13/2023 - Became Public Law No: 118-20.
Korean American Vietnam Allies Long Overdue for Relief Act or the Korean American VALOR Act This bill expands eligibility for specified Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits (e.g., medical and dental care) to certain veterans of the armed forces of South Korea who served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, or during a time period determined by the VA. The bill authorizes the VA to furnish such benefits under an existing law, which requires (1) a request by South Korea, and (2) a reciprocity agreement that provides for reimbursement of expenses incurred by the VA for the provision of care.

US HR 3672 - John Warren Bergman
To designate the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indian River, Michigan, as the "Pfc. Justin T. Paton Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic".
07/13/2023 - Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
This bill designates the new community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indian River, Michigan, as the Pfc. Justin T. Paton Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic.

US HR 3746 - Patrick Timothy McHenry
Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023
06/03/2023 - Presented to President.
Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 This bill increases the federal debt limit, establishes new discretionary spending limits, rescinds unobligated funds, and expands work requirements for federal programs. Specifically, the bill suspends the federal debt limit through January 1, 2025, and increases the limit on January 2, 2025, to accommodate the obligations issued during the suspension period. In addition, the bill establishes new discretionary spending limits for FY2024 and FY2025 that are enforced with sequestration (i.e., automatic spending cuts). It also changes the limits to 1% below the FY2023 base funding levels if a continuing resolution is in effect on or after January 1, 2024, or on or after January 1, 2025, because all 12 regular appropriations bills were not enacted by the end of the prior year. The bill also includes provisions that * rescind certain unobligated funds that were provided to address COVID-19 and to the Internal Revenue Service; * provide funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs Cost of War Toxic Exposure Fund; * provide funding for the Department of Commerce Nonrecurring Expenses Fund; * provide statutory authority through 2024 for the requirement for agencies that propose certain administrative actions that will increase direct spending to also propose at least one administrative action that will decrease direct spending by at least the same amount (commonly known as administrative pay-as-you-go rules); * terminate the suspension of federal student loan payments; * expand the work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; and * expedite the permitting process for certain energy projects.

US HR 3848 - Lori Chavez-DeRemer
Housing our Military Veterans Effectively Act of 2023
12/06/2023 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US HR 3935 - Samuel Bruce Graves Jr.
Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act
09/29/2023 - S.Amdt.1292 Considered by Senate.
Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act This bill reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through FY2028, including activities and programs related to airport planning and development, facilities and equipment, and operations. The National Transportation Safety Board is also reauthorized through FY2028. The bill also addresses a wide range of issues. For example, the bill * directs the FAA to increase air traffic controller hiring targets; * establishes a workforce development program to support the education, recruitment, and retention of aviation professionals; * establishes an FAA Ombudsman to coordinate the response to submissions of inquiries or objections relating to issues such as aircraft certifications and registrations, pilot certificates, and operational approvals, waivers, or exemptions; * raises the commercial airline pilot retirement age to 67 (currently 65); * prohibits aircraft dispatchers from working remotely, with limited exceptions for emergencies; * requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish standards to ensure the aircraft boarding and deplaning process is accessible for individuals with disabilities, including for individuals who use wheelchairs; * requires DOT to establish a policy directing certain air carriers to seat a young child next to an accompanying adult if adjacent seats are available without charging an additional fee; * prohibits the FAA from requiring mask wearing or COVID-19 vaccines for passengers, air carrier employees, or FAA employees; * requires the FAA to issue rules to update the requirements for testing and operating unmanned aircraft (i.e., drones), including for drones operating beyond the visual line of sight; and * requires the FAA to issue rules for certifying pilots for powered-lift aircraft (i.e., capable of vertical takeoff and landing) and operational rules for powered-lift aircraft.

US HR 4366 - John Rice Carter
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024
10/31/2023 - S.Amdt.1092 Considered by Senate.
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024 This bill provides FY2024 appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies. TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE This title provides appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for Military Construction for * the Army; * the Navy and Marine Corps; * the Air Force; * Defense-Wide agencies and activities (other than military departments); * the Army and Air National Guard; and * the Army, Navy, and Air Force Reserves. The title also provides appropriations to DOD for the (1) North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program, and (2) the DOD Base Closure Account. The title provides appropriations to DOD for Construction and Operation and Maintenance of Family Housing for * the Army, * the Navy and Marine Corps, * the Air Force, and * Defense-Wide agencies and activities (other than military departments). The title provides appropriations to DOD for (1) the Family Housing Improvement Fund, and (2) the Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund. (Sec. 101) This section prohibits funds provided by this title from being used for payments exceeding $25,000 under a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract for construction in the United States without a specific DOD approval in writing. The section includes an exception for work that is to be performed in Alaska. (Sec. 102) This section permits construction funds provided by this title to be used for hiring passenger motor vehicles. (Sec. 103) This section permits construction funds provided by this title to be used for advances to the Federal Highway Administration for the construction of access roads DOD has certified as important to national defense. (Sec. 104) This section prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to begin construction of new bases in the United States without a specific appropriation. (Sec. 105) This section prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to purchase land or land easements in excess of 100% of the value as determined by the Army Corps of Engineers or the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. The section includes exceptions for (1) determinations of value by a federal court, (2) purchases negotiated by the Department of Justice, (3) values less than $25,000, and (4) purchases that are otherwise determined by DOD to be in the public interest. (Sec. 106) This section prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to acquire land, provide for site preparation, or install utilities for family housing, except housing for which appropriations have been provided. (Sec. 107) This section prohibits funds provided by this title for minor construction from being used to transfer or relocate any activity from one base or installation to another without notifying Congress in advance. (Sec. 108) This section prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to procure steel for construction unless American producers, fabricators, and manufacturers have been allowed to compete for the procurement. (Sec. 109) This section prohibits funds provided to DOD for military construction or family housing during the current fiscal year from being used to pay real property taxes in any foreign nation. (Sec. 110) This section prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to initiate a new installation overseas without notifying Congress in advance. (Sec. 111) This section prohibits funds provided by this title from being used for architect and engineer contracts estimated to exceed $500,000 for projects in Japan, NATO member countries, or countries bordering the Arabian Gulf unless the contracts are awarded to U.S. firms or U.S. firms in joint ventures with host nation firms. (Sec. 112) This section prohibits funds provided by this title for military construction in U.S. territories and possessions in the Pacific and on Kwajalein Atoll, or in countries bordering the Arabian Gulf, from

US HR 4367 - David Patrick Joyce
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2024
09/28/2023 - H.Amdt.425 On agreeing to the Ogles amendment (A038) Agreed to by voice vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2024 This bill provides FY2024 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Specifically, the bill provides appropriations to DHS for Departmental Management, Intelligence, Situational Awareness, and Oversight, including * the Office of the Secretary and Executive Management; * the Management Directorate; * Intelligence, Analysis, and Situational Awareness; and * the Office of the Inspector General. In addition, the bill provides appropriations for Security, Enforcement, and Investigations, including * U.S. Customs and Border Protection, * U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, * the Transportation Security Administration, * the U.S. Coast Guard, and * the U.S. Secret Service. The bill provides appropriations for Protection, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, including * the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and * the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The bill provides appropriations for Research, Development, Training, and Services, including * U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, * the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, * the Science and Technology Directorate, and * the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office. The bill also sets forth requirements and restrictions for using funds provided by this and other appropriations acts.

US HR 4665 - Mario Rafael Diaz-Balart Caballero
Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2024
10/03/2023 - Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 222.
Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2024 This bill provides FY2024 appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs. The bill provides appropriations to the State Department for * Administration of Foreign Affairs, * International Organizations, and * International Commissions. The bill provides appropriations for related agencies and programs, including * the U.S. Agency for Global Media, * the Asia Foundation, * the U.S. Institute of Peace, * the Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue Trust Fund, * the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Program, * the Israeli Arab Scholarship Program, * the East-West Center, and * the National Endowment for Democracy. The bill provides appropriations for other commissions, including * the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, * the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, * the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, * the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People's Republic of China, and * the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The bill provides appropriations to * the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), * the State Department and the President for International Security Assistance, and * International Financial Institutions for Multilateral Assistance. The bill provides appropriations for bilateral economic assistance, including programs and activities conducted by * the President; * the State Department; * Independent Agencies, including the Peace Corps, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Inter-American Foundation, and the U.S. African Development Foundation; and * the Department of the Treasury. The bill provides appropriations for export and investment assistance to * the Export-Import Bank of the United States, * the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, and * the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. The bill sets forth requirements and restrictions for using funds provided by this and other appropriations acts.

US HR 467 - Howard Morgan Griffith
HALT Fentanyl Act
05/30/2023 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Halt All Lethal Trafficking of Fentanyl Act or the HALT Fentanyl Act This bill permanently places fentanyl-related substances as a class into schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. A schedule I controlled substance is a drug, substance, or chemical that has a high potential for abuse; has no currently accepted medical value; and is subject to regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal penalties under the Controlled Substances Act. (The temporary scheduling order issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration to place fentanyl-related substances into schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act expires on December 31, 2024.) Under the bill, offenses involving fentanyl-related substances are triggered by the same quantity thresholds and subject to the same penalties as offenses involving fentanyl analogues (e.g., offenses involving 100 grams or more trigger a 10-year mandatory minimum prison term). Additionally, the bill establishes a new, alternative registration process for schedule I research that is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Veterans Affairs or that is conducted under an investigative new drug exemption from the Food and Drug Administration. The bill also makes several other changes to registration requirements for conducting research with controlled substances, including * permitting a single registration for related research sites in certain circumstances, * waiving the requirement for a new inspection in certain situations, and * allowing a registered researcher to perform certain manufacturing activities with small quantities of a substance without obtaining a manufacturing registration. Finally, the bill expresses the sense that Congress agrees with the interpretation of Controlled Substances Act in United States v. McCray, a 2018 case decided by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. In that case, the court held that butyryl fentanyl, a controlled substance, can be considered an analogue of fentanyl even though, under the Controlled Substances Act, the term controlled substance analogue specifically excludes a controlled substance.

US HR 502 - James Edward Banks
To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs repays members of the Armed Forces for certain contributions made by such members towards Post-9/11 Educational Assistance, and for other purposes.
03/08/2023 - Received in the Senate.
This bill modifies the process for repaying service members and veterans who paid to keep benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, but later chose to utilize Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Specifically, the bill removes the requirement for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue the repayments with the last monthly housing stipend under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This requirement has limited the repayments to individuals who are receiving stipends. Under the bill, the VA must make such a repayment before the exhaustion of the individual's entitlement to education assistance. Additionally, the bill extends through January 28, 2031, higher rates for certain loan fees under the VA home loan program.

US HR 5692 - Thomas Howard Kean Jr.
Ukraine Security Assistance and Oversight Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024
10/03/2023 - Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 216.
Ukraine Security Assistance and Oversight Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024 This bill provides FY2024 supplemental appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for assistance to Ukraine and establishes the Office of the Special Inspector General for Ukraine Assistance. Specifically, the bill provides appropriations to DOD for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. The funding is provided for purposes such as * providing assistance and equipment to the military and national security forces of Ukraine and other forces or groups engaged in resisting Russian aggression against Ukraine, * replacing weapons or defense articles provided to Ukraine from the U.S. inventory, and * recovering or disposing of equipment procured using funds provided by this bill or prior acts. The bill also establishes and provides funding for the Office of the Special Inspector General for Ukraine Assistance. The duties of the office include * conducting and supervising audits and investigations related to the programs and operations funded with appropriations provided to support Ukraine; * coordinating and making recommendations regarding policies designed to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and abuse; and * keeping the Department of State, DOD, and Congress informed about problems, deficiencies, and the need for corrective actions.

US HR 5894 - Robert Brown Aderholt
Making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024, and for other purposes.
11/15/2023 - H.Amdt.802 On agreeing to the Roy amendment (A078) Agreed to by voice vote.
Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024 This bill provides FY2024 appropriations to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; and related agencies. The bill provides appropriations to the Department of Labor for * the Employment and Training Administration, * the Employee Benefits Security Administration, * the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, * the Wage and Hour Division, * the Office of Labor-Management Standards, * the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, * the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, * the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, * the Mine Safety and Health Administration, * the Bureau of Labor Statistics, * the Office of Disability Employment Policy, and * Departmental Management. The bill provides appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for * the Health Resources and Services Administration, * the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, * the National Institutes of Health, * the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, * the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, * the Administration for Children and Families, * the Administration for Community Living, * the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, and * the Office of the Secretary. The bill provides appropriations to the Department of Education for * Education for the Disadvantaged; * Impact Aid; * School Improvement Programs; * Indian Education; * Innovation and Improvement; * Safe Schools and Citizenship Education; * Special Education; * Rehabilitation Services; * Special Institutions for Persons with Disabilities; * Career, Technical, and Adult Education; * Student Financial Assistance; * Student Aid Administration; * Higher Education; * Howard University; * the College Housing and Academic Facilities Loan Program; * the Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program Account; * the Institute of Education Sciences; and * Departmental Management. The bill also provides appropriations to several related agencies, including * the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, * the Corporation for National and Community Service, * the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, * the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, * the Institute of Museum and Library Services, * the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, * the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, * the National Council on Disability, * the National Labor Relations Board, * the National Mediation Board, * the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, * the Railroad Retirement Board, and * the Social Security Administration. The bill also sets forth requirements and restrictions for using funds provided by this and other appropriations acts.

US HR 593 - Earl Leroy Carter
To rename the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Hinesville, Georgia, as the "John Gibson, Dan James, William Sapp, and Frankie Smiley VA Clinic".
11/14/2023 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
This bill designates the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Hinesville, Georgia, as the John Gibson, Dan James, William Sapp, and Frankie Smiley VA Clinic.

US HR 6126 - Norvell Kay (Mullendore) Granger
Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024
11/14/2023 - Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure rendered moot in Senate.
Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024 This bill provides FY2024 supplemental appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of State for activities to respond to the attacks in Israel. The bill designates the funding as emergency spending, which is exempt from discretionary spending limits. The bill provides appropriations to DOD for Operation and Maintenance; Procurement; and Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. The funding is provided for purposes such as * replacing defense articles that were provided to Israel, * reimbursing DOD for defense services and training provided to Israel, * procuring Israel's Iron Dome and David's Sling defense systems, and * developing Israel's Iron Beam defense system. The bill provides appropriations to the State Department for * Diplomatic Programs, including Worldwide Security Protection; * Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service; and * the Foreign Military Financing Program. In addition, the bill includes provisions that expand the authorities of the President to transfer defense articles and services from DOD to Israel. Finally, the bill rescinds specified unobligated funds that were provided for activities of the Internal Revenue Service and related agencies.

US HR 6363 - Norvell Kay (Mullendore) Granger
Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024
11/16/2023 - Presented to President.
Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024 This bill provides continuing FY2024 appropriations for federal agencies and extends several expiring programs and authorities. It is known as a continuing resolution (CR) and prevents a government shutdown that would otherwise occur if the FY2024 appropriations bills have not been enacted when the existing CR expires on November 17, 2023. The CR generally funds most programs and activities at the FY2023 levels with several exceptions that provide funding flexibility and additional appropriations for various programs. The CR provides funding through January 19, 2024, for agencies and programs that were funded in the following four FY2023 appropriations acts: * the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023; * the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023; * the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023; and * the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023. For most other federal agencies and programs, the CR provides funding through February 2, 2024. The CR also extends several programs and authorities, including * programs authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly known as the 2018 farm bill), * several public health programs and authorities, * the U.S. Parole Commission, and * the Department of Homeland Security's Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.

US HR 815 - Cathy Ann McMorris Rodgers
RELIEVE Act
02/13/2024 - Passed Senate with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 70 - 29. Record Vote Number: 48.
Removing Extraneous Loopholes Insuring Every Veteran Emergency Act or the RELIEVE Act This bill expands eligibility for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimbursement of emergency treatment for veterans who are treated in a non-VA facility. Specifically, the bill waives the requirement that a veteran must have received VA care within the 24-month period preceding the furnishing of emergency treatment if the veteran receives such emergency treatment within the 60-day period following their enrollment in the VA health care system. Additionally, the bill extends through December 28, 2031, higher rates for certain loan fees under the VA home loan program.

US S 1015 - Mark Edward Kelly
A bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture to convey the Pleasant Valley Ranger District Administrative Site to Gila County, Arizona.
09/21/2023 - Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.

US S 1037 - Gerald Wesley Moran
Department of Veterans Affairs EHRM Standardization and Accountability Act
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 1040 - Richard Joseph Durbin
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit smoking on the premises of any facility of the Veterans Health Administration, and for other purposes.
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
This bill prohibits smoking on the premises of any Veterans Health Administration facility. The bill defines smoking as the use of cigarettes, cigars, and pipes (i.e., the heating or combustion of tobacco), as well as the use of any electronic nicotine delivery system.

US S 106 - Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin
Commitment to Veteran Support and Outreach Act
11/16/2023 - S.Amdt.1368 Amendment SA 1368 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
Commitment to Veteran Support and Outreach Act This bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide grants to states to implement programs that improve outreach and assistance to veterans and their families to ensure that such individuals are fully informed about veterans' benefits and programs. Specifically, the VA may provide grants to states to (1) implement or enhance outreach activities or activities to assist in the development and submittal of claims for veterans, or (2) increase the number of county or tribal veterans service officers in the state. The VA must prioritize awarding grants in areas with a critical shortage of county or tribal veterans service officers, areas with high rates of suicide among veterans, and areas with high rates of referrals to the Veterans Crisis Line.

US S 1074 - Marco Antonio Rubio
Taiwan Protection and National Resilience Act of 2023
06/13/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 98.

US S 1088 - John Henry Hoeven III
North Dakota Trust Lands Completion Act of 2023
09/21/2023 - Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.

US S 1090 - Robert Menendez
A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to update the payment system of the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow for electronic fund transfer of educational assistance, administered by the Secretary, to a foreign institution of higher education, and for other purposes.
04/26/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to update its payment system to allow for electronic fund transfer of VA educational assistance to a foreign institution of higher education that provides an approved course of education to eligible recipients and does not have an employer identification number or an account with a domestic bank.

US S 1096 - Margaret Coldwell (Wood) Hassan
Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Training Act of 2023
07/13/2023 - S.Amdt.659 Amendment SA 659 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Training Act of 2023 This bill requires new employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to undergo training developed by the Inspector General of the VA regarding the reporting of wrongdoing to, responding to requests from, and cooperating with the Office of the Inspector General.

US S 112 - Michael K. Braun
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to strengthen benefits for children of Vietnam veterans born with spina bifida, and for other purposes.
07/13/2023 - Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
This bill addresses Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and care for certain children with spina bifida or other birth defects. The bill requires the VA to provide health care, job training, and monetary benefits for the duration of the child's life. The bills covers a child, regardless of age or marital status, who: (1) has spina bifida and is the natural child of a Vietnam veteran or a veteran of specified service in Korea or Thailand who was conceived after the date on which the veteran entered service in Vietnam, Korea, or Thailand; or (2) has certain birth defects and is the natural child of a woman Vietnam veteran. The bill requires the VA to establish an advisory council on health care and benefits for covered children. Additionally, the VA must establish care and coordination teams for covered children. At least every 180 days, the teams must conduct outreach to ensure the continued care of the children and assist with any necessary changes in care. The VA must report to Congress a list of conditions that will trigger outreach to covered children, and must attempt to contact such children as soon as practicable after the identification of a condition. The Veterans Benefits Administration and the Veterans Health Administration must enter into a memorandum of understanding to better assist covered children.

US S 1125 - Raymond Jon Tester
EHR Program RESET Act of 2023
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 1170 - John Cornyn III
Project Safe Childhood Act
05/15/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 68.

US S 1172 - Kyrsten Lea Sinema
RELIEVE Act
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
Removing Extraneous Loopholes Insuring Every Veteran Emergency Act or the RELIEVE Act This bill expands eligibility for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimbursement of emergency treatment for veterans who are treated in a non-VA facility. Specifically, the bill waives the requirement that a veteran must have received VA care within the 24-month period preceding the furnishing of emergency treatment if the veteran receives such emergency treatment within the 60-day period following their enrollment in the VA health care system.

US S 1203 - Robert Menendez
Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2023
07/25/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 150.

US S 1299 - John Cornyn III
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to periodically review the automatic maximum coverage under Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance program and the Veterans' Group Life Insurance program, and for other purposes.
04/26/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 1309 - Brian Emanuel Schatz
A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improve how the Department of Veterans Affairs discloses to individuals entitled to educational assistance from the Department risks associated with using such assistance at particular educational institutions and to restore entitlement of students to such assistance who are pursuing programs of education at educational institutions that are subject to Federal or State civil enforcement action, and for other purposes.
04/26/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 1315 - Gerald Wesley Moran
Veterans' Health Empowerment, Access, Leadership, and Transparency for our Heroes (HEALTH) Act of 2023
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 1316 - Amy Jean Klobuchar
A bill to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to expand the definition of an active duty military consumer for purposes of certain credit monitoring requirements, and for other purposes.
04/26/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

US S 132 - Sherrod Campbell Brown
Daniel J. Harvey Jr. and Adam Lambert Improving Servicemember Transition to Reduce Veteran Suicide Act
02/16/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
Daniel J. Harvey Jr. and Adam Lambert Improving Servicemember Transition to Reduce Veteran Suicide Act This bill requires the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs to jointly carry out a five-year pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of providing certain services and a module comprised of specified elements as part of the pre-separation transition process for members of the Armed Forces for the purpose of reducing the incidence of suicide among veterans.

US S 1325 - James Elroy Risch
Western Hemisphere Partnership Act of 2023
05/04/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 51.

US S 1330 - John Nichols Boozman
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide a burial and funeral allowance for certain veterans who die at home or in other settings while in receipt of hospice care furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
04/27/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 1352 - Amy Jean Klobuchar
504 Modernization and Small Manufacturer Enhancement Act of 2023
07/25/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 168.

US S 1368 - Marco Antonio Rubio
A bill to counter the military-civil fusion strategy of the Chinese Communist Party and prevent United States contributions to the development of dual-use technology in China.
04/27/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

US S 1386 - Robert Menendez
A bill to provide compensation to certain residents of the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, for the use of such island for military readiness, and for other purposes.
05/01/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

US S 1436 - Raymond Jon Tester
CHARGE Act of 2023
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 1437 - Ladda Tammy Duckworth Bowlsbey
A bill to establish a partnership program to assist the military forces of partner countries in developing and maintaining military-wide transformational strategies for operational energy, and for other purposes.
05/03/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

US S 1469 - Joni Kay (Culver) Ernst
A bill to require certification of small business concerns as small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans in order to be counted toward goals for contract awards, and for other purposes.
05/04/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

US S 1515 - Raymond Jon Tester
A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit 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 of Combat-Related Special Compensation, and for other purposes.
05/10/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

US S 1517 - Ladda Tammy Duckworth Bowlsbey
A bill to extend and modify a pilot program to improve cyber cooperation with foreign military partners in Southeast Asia.
05/10/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

US S 1545 - Marsha (Wedgeworth) Blackburn
Veterans Health Care Freedom Act
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 1612 - Angus Stanley King Jr.
Reimburse Veterans for Domiciliary Care Act
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 1634 - Michael Farrand Bennet
Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act
07/12/2023 - Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. Hearings held.

US S 1635 - Amy Jean Klobuchar
A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to take certain actions to improve the processing by the Department of Veterans Affairs of claims for disability compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes.
05/17/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 1678 - Angus Stanley King Jr.
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to reauthorize the high technology program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
05/18/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 1716 - Willard Mitt Romney
A bill to provide authority to include funding requests for the chemical and biological defense program in military department budget accounts.
05/18/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

US S 1721 - Thomas Jonathan Ossoff
A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to modify the authority of the Secretary of each military department to replace damaged or destroyed facilities to include replacement of certain facilities in failing condition, and for other purposes.
05/18/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

US S 1723 - Elizabeth Ann Warren
Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act
06/07/2023 - Committee on Indian Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.

US S 1745 - Steven David Daines
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand access to the Veterans Community Care Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs to include certain veterans seeking mental health or substance-use services, and for other purposes.
05/18/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 1776 - Alejandro Padilla
PUBLIC Lands Act
07/12/2023 - Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. Hearings held.

US S 1789 - John Neely Kennedy
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the review of claims for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
06/01/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 1792 - Raymond Jon Tester
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers of veterans, and for other purposes.
06/01/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 1811 - Roger Frederick Wicker
A bill to ensure treatment in the military based on merit and performance, and for other purposes.
06/06/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

US S 1828 - Marco Antonio Rubio
Veterans Homecare Choice Act of 2023
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 1871 - Gary Charles Peters Sr.
Intergovernmental Critical Minerals Task Force Act
09/05/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 196.

US S 1951 - Bernard Sanders
Department of Veterans Affairs Income Eligibility Standardization Act
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 1952 - Bernard Sanders
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand eligibility for care from the Department of Veterans Affairs to include members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.
06/13/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 1954 - Bernard Sanders
Improving Whole Health for Veterans with Chronic Conditions Act
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 1973 - Sherrod Campbell Brown
All-American Flag Act
09/05/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 197.

US S 1978 - Thomas Jonathan Ossoff
A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to develop requirements for military tenant advocates for privatized military housing, and for other purposes.
06/14/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

US S 1980 - Thomas Jonathan Ossoff
A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to provide housing accommodations for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents who are on military housing waitlists.
06/14/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

US S 1986 - John Cornyn III
A bill to designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Plano, Texas, as the "U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson Memorial VA Clinic".
06/14/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 1994 - Mark Edward Kelly
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs to share certain data with State cancer registries, and for other purposes.
06/14/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2000 - Amy Jean Klobuchar
A bill to require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to establish and carry out a program that assists military spouses in establishing small business concerns, and for other purposes.
06/14/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

US S 2006 - James Elroy Risch
Safeguarding Tunisian Democracy Act of 2023
07/25/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 152.

US S 2026 - Ladda Tammy Duckworth Bowlsbey
A bill to provide support for programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs relating to the coordination of maternity health care, and for other purposes.
06/15/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2043 - Robert Menendez
Department of State Authorization Act of 2023
07/13/2023 - Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.

US S 2047 - Elizabeth Ann Warren
A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to create a Department of Defense Military Housing Readiness Council to enhance oversight and accountability for deficiencies in military housing, and for other purposes.
06/20/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

US S 2057 - Daniel Scott Sullivan
A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to deliver on foreign military sales to Taiwan.
06/20/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

US S 2063 - Marco Antonio Rubio
A bill to authorize the payment of a travel or transportation allowance for a member of the uniformed services to travel to obtain professional development training only if such training relates to the military occupational specialty of the member and not to the sex, sexual orientation, race, or religion of the member.
06/21/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

US S 2067 - Thomas Roland Tillis
A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to award grants to nonprofit organizations to assist such organizations in carrying out programs to provide service dogs to eligible veterans, and for other purposes.
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 2070 - Maria Elaine Cantwell
A bill to prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from replacing physician anesthesiologists with certified registered nurse anesthetists under the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
06/21/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2078 - Peter Francis Welch
A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to take actions necessary to ensure that certain individuals may update the burn pit registry with the cause of death of a registered individual, and for other purposes.
06/21/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2096 - Mark Robert Warner
A bill to enhance the eligibility of India for Foreign Military Sales and exports under the Arms Export Control Act.
06/21/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

US S 2098 - John Cornyn III
A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to establish a military training program with the Government of Mexico in the United States, and for other purposes.
06/21/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

US S 2103 - Mark Robert Warner
Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024
07/13/2023 - By Senator Warner from Select Committee on Intelligence filed written report. Report No. 118-59. Additional views filed.

US S 2212 - Benjamin Louis Cardin
SBIC Advisory Committee Act of 2023
07/25/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 171.

US S 2226 - John Francis Reed
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024
07/13/2023 - S.Amdt.282 Senate amendment submitted

US S 2256 - Margaret Coldwell (Wood) Hassan
A bill to authorize the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to establish an apprenticeship program and to establish a pilot program on cybersecurity training for veterans and members of the Armed Forces transitioning to civilian life, and for other purposes.
07/12/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

US S 2259 - Daniel Scott Sullivan
A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to establish community integration network infrastructure for services for veterans, to require the collection from veterans of information related to social determinants of health, and for other purposes.
07/12/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2263 - Daniel Scott Sullivan
A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to reimburse the cost of transportation by ambulance for highly rural veterans seeking care under the laws administered by the Secretary, regardless of whether such veteran qualifies for payments or allowances for beneficiary travel.
07/12/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2265 - Daniel Scott Sullivan
A bill to streamline and expedite the foreign military sales process, and for other purposes.
07/12/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

US S 2268 - Angus Stanley King Jr.
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Defense Joint Executive Committee, and for other purposes.
07/12/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2294 - Deborah Ann Stabenow
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to furnish hospital care and medical services to veterans and dependents who were stationed at military installations at which those veterans and dependents were exposed to perfluorooctanoic acid or other perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, to provide for a presumption of service connection for certain veterans who were stationed at military installations at which those veterans were exposed to such substances, and for other purposes.
07/13/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2306 - Ben Ray Luján Jr.
A bill to amend the Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act to repeal the authorization for the provision of flat grave markers at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, New Mexico, and for other purposes.
07/13/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2333 - Robert Patrick Casey Jr.
Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Response Act
09/06/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 202.

US S 2718 - Raymond Jon Tester
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve matters relating to medical examinations for veterans disability compensation, and for other purposes.
09/05/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2745 - Gary Charles Peters Sr.
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to eliminate conflicts of interest in conduct of quality management and administrative investigations by the Veterans Health Administration and to limit the detail of directors of medical centers of Department of Veterans Affairs to different positions, and for other positions.
09/07/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2757 - Raymond Jon Tester
A bill to limit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from modifying the rate of payment or reimbursement for transportation of veterans or other individuals via special modes of transportation under the laws administered by the Secretary, and for other purposes.
09/11/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2778 - Roger Frederick Wicker
A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on competition among suppliers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
09/13/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2795 - Raymond Jon Tester
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend and modify certain authorities and requirements relating to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
09/13/2023 - Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Voice Vote.

US S 280 - Marco Antonio Rubio
BEST for Vets Act of 2023
04/26/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 2801 - Patricia Lynn Johns Murray
A bill to improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to certain members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their spouses or partners, and for other purposes.
09/14/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 2854 - John Henry Hoeven III
A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into an agreement with the city of Fargo, North Dakota, for the conveyance of certain land of the Department of Veterans Affairs at Fargo National Cemetery, and for other purposes.
10/23/2023 - Message on Senate action sent to the House.

US S 2860 - Jeffrey Alan Merkley
SAFER Banking Act
09/28/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 215.

US S 2888 - Angus Stanley King Jr.
A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize representatives of veterans service organizations to participate in presentations to promote certain benefits available to veterans during preseparation counseling under the Transition Assistance Program of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.
09/21/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 291 - Marco Antonio Rubio
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration, and for other purposes.
04/26/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
This bill establishes the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration to administer economic opportunity assistance programs for veterans and their dependents and survivors. Specifically, the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration must administer the following Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs: * vocational rehabilitation and employment programs, * educational assistance programs, * veterans' housing loan and related programs, * the Transition Assistance Program, and * the database of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans. Prior to the transfer of administrative responsibilities, the bill requires the VA to certify that (1) the transition of the provision of services will not negatively affect the provision of such services to veterans, and (2) such services are ready to be transferred.

US S 2949 - Catherine Marie Cortez Masto
A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to complete a data matching agreement with the Secretary of Education in order to ensure individuals who are current or former active-duty military service members or civilian employees and are otherwise eligible for assistance under the public service loan forgiveness program have their periods of employment automatically certified and counted towards the public service loan forgiveness program.
09/27/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

US S 2964 - Benjamin Louis Cardin
A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to grant a Federal charter to the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals, and for other purposes.
09/28/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

US S 2986 - William Morgan Cassidy
A bill to prohibit the issuance of an interim or final rule, and to prohibit the inclusion in certain oil and gas leases, exploration or development plans, or well permits requirements or recommendations, that establish a vessel speed or operational restriction in the Central or Western Planning Area of the Gulf of Mexico of the outer Continental Shelf until the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce complete a study demonstrating that proposed mitigation efforts would have no n
09/28/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

US S 30 - Raymond Jon Tester
Fiscal Year 2023 Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Authorization Act
07/10/2023 - Presented to President.
Fiscal Year 2023 Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Authorization Act This bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out specified major medical facility projects during FY2023. The bill also indicates the maximum amount that can be spent on each project.

US S 305 - Richard Blumenthal
250th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Commemorative Coin Act
06/14/2023 - Message on Senate action sent to the House.
250th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Commemorative Coin Act This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to mint and issue not more than 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins emblematic of the 250th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps. All surcharges received by Treasury from the sale of such coins must be paid to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and shall only be used for the purposes of supporting the mission of the Marine Corps Heritage Center.

US S 3068 - Michael K. Braun
A bill to require each enterprise to include on the Uniform Residential Loan Application a disclaimer to increase awareness of the direct and guaranteed home loan programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
10/18/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

US S 316 - Timothy Michael Kaine
A bill to repeal the authorizations for use of military force against Iraq.
03/08/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 25.
This bill repeals specified authorizations for the use of military force against Iraq.

US S 326 - Raymond Jon Tester
VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2023
04/26/2023 - S.Amdt.88 Senate amendment submitted
VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2023 This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to study the effects of cannabis on veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system and have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or chronic pain (i.e., eligible veterans). First, the bill requires the VA to conduct an observational, 18-month study on the effects of cannabis on the health outcomes of eligible veterans. The VA must report on the study and address whether it is able to meet criteria necessary to conduct clinical trials. Then, if the VA determines that it is able to proceed, it must carry out a series of clinical trials on the effects of cannabis appropriate for investigational use, as determined by the Food and Drug Administration, on the outcomes of eligible veterans. The VA must carry out a long-term observational study of the clinical trial participants. The VA may terminate the trials if it is unable to meet clinical guideline requirements or the trials would create excessive risk to participants. The VA must ensure that the study and trials are representative of the demographics of veterans in the United States, as determined by the most recent data from the American Community Survey of the Bureau of the Census. The study and trials must include mechanisms to ensure data preservation and registration as necessary (in an anonymous form).

US S 3295 - James Paul Lankford
A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a portal for maintaining digital records of former members of the Armed Forces and to establish an advisory committee regarding the maintenance of those records, and for other purposes.
11/14/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 3302 - Cynthia Jeanne (Bowers) Shaheen
A bill to waive the guarantee fee for certain business loans made to veterans and spouses of veterans.
11/14/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

US S 3452 - Raymond Jon Tester
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to determine the eligibility or entitlement of a member or former member of the Armed Forces described in subsection (a) to a benefit under a law administered by the Secretary solely based on alternative sources of evidence when the military service records or medical treatment records of the member or former member are incomplete because of damage or loss of records after being in the possession of the Federal Government, and for other purpo
12/07/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 3456 - Marion Michael Rounds
A bill to provide a retroactive effective date for the promotions of senior officers of the Armed Forces whose military promotions were delayed as a result of the suspension of Senate confirmation of such promotions.
12/07/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

US S 349 - James Paul Lankford
Military Spouse Employment Act
04/27/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 38.

US S 38 - Ladda Tammy Duckworth Bowlsbey
Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2023
07/25/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 162.
Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2023 This bill provides statutory authority for the Boots to Business Program, which provides entrepreneurship training to individuals including veterans and active members of the Armed Forces, to be administered by the Small Business Administration.

US S 414 - Raymond Jon Tester
Caring for Survivors Act of 2023
04/26/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 416 - Roger Frederick Wicker
Holding Accountable Russian Mercenaries Act
07/25/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 147.
Holding Accountable Russian Mercenaries Act or the HARM Act This bill requires the Department of State to designate the Wagner Group as a foreign terrorist organization. Such designation also applies to any affiliated and successor entities undertaking malign activities against the United States and its allies or partners. (Among other things, such a designation allows the Department of the Treasury to require financial institutions to block transactions involving the organization.) The President may waive the application of sanctions against these entities if the President determines it to be in the national interest.

US S 449 - Deborah Ann Stabenow
Veterans Patient Advocacy Act
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
Veterans Patient Advocacy Act This bill requires the Office of Patient Advocacy within the Veterans Health Administration to ensure (1) there is not fewer than one patient advocate for every 13,500 veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, and (2) highly rural veterans may access the services of patient advocates. The bill also requires the Government Accountability Office to report on the implementation of such policies.

US S 475 - Martin Trevor Heinrich
A bill to designate the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Gallup, New Mexico, as the Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura VA Clinic.
09/21/2023 - Presented to President.
This bill designates the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Gallup, New Mexico, as the Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic or the Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura VA Clinic.

US S 477 - Richard Lynn Scott
A bill to authorize the President to use military force for the purpose of securing and defending Taiwan against armed attack, and for other purposes.
02/16/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

US S 495 - Raymond Jon Tester
Expanding Veterans’ Options for Long Term Care Act
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
Expanding Veterans' Options for Long Term Care Act This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to implement a three-year pilot program to assess the effectiveness of providing assisted living services to eligible veterans, including by assessing the satisfaction of veterans participating in the pilot program. Eligible veterans are those who (1) are eligible for assisted living services as determined by the VA; and (2) are already receiving nursing home level care paid for by the VA, are eligible for such care from the VA, or exceed the requirements for domiciliary care paid for by the VA but do not meet the requirements for nursing home level care paid for by the VA. The Inspector General of the VA must report to Congress on the pilot program, and the VA must submit a follow-up plan to address any deficiencies that are identified in the report.

US S 498 - Jacklyn Sheryl (Spektor) Rosen
Veteran Education Empowerment Act
04/26/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 586 - Marco Antonio Rubio
A bill to modify the limitation on military-to-military exchanges and contacts with the People's Liberation Army to cover all logistical operations and remove the exception for search-and-rescue and humanitarian operations and exercises.
03/01/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

US S 596 - Timothy Michael Kaine
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make employers of spouses of military personnel eligible for the work opportunity credit.
03/01/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

US S 622 - Patricia Lynn Johns Murray
A bill to improve services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs for veteran families, and for other purposes.
03/02/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

US S 656 - Debra Lynelle Strobel Fischer
Veteran Improvement Commercial Driver License Act of 2023
04/26/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 70 - John Randolph Thune
Tribal Trust Land Homeownership Act of 2023
07/20/2023 - Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Tribal Trust Land Homeownership Act of 2023 This bill sets forth requirements for the processing of a proposed residential leasehold mortgage, business leasehold mortgage, land mortgage, or right-of-way document by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The BIA must notify lenders upon receipt of such documentation, perform a preliminary review of such documents not later than 10 days after receipt, and approve or disapprove of such documents within 20 or 30 days, depending on the type of application. Additionally, the bill sets forth requirements for the BIA regarding (1) response times for the completion of certified title status reports, (2) notification of delays in processing, and (3) the form of notices and delivery of certain reports. The bill also provides relevant federal agencies and Indian tribes with read-only access to the Trust Asset and Accounting Management System maintained by the BIA. The Government Accountability Office must report on digitizing documents for the purpose of streamlining and expediting the completion of mortgage packages for residential mortgages on Indian land. Finally, the bill establishes within the BIA's Division of Real Estate Services the position of Realty Ombudsman.

US S 717 - Gary Charles Peters Sr.
Clear and Concise Content Act of 2023
05/11/2023 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 66.

US S 725 - William Morgan Cassidy
A bill to amend the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 to apply to members of the Coast Guard when the Coast Guard is not operating as a service in the Department of the Navy, and for other purposes.
03/08/2023 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

US S 740 - John Nichols Boozman
GUARD VA Benefits Act of 2023
04/26/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 774 - Raymond Jon Tester
Veterans Border Patrol Training Act
04/26/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
Veterans Border Patrol Training Act This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collaborate with the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs to establish an interdepartmental pilot program for five years. Under the program, DHS must use the DOD SkillBridge Program to train and hire transitioning servicemembers as border patrol agents for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

US S 777 - Raymond Jon Tester
Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2023
06/14/2023 - Signed by President.
Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2023 or the Veterans' COLA Act of 2023 This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the amounts payable for wartime disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children. Specifically, the VA must increase the amounts by the same percentage as the cost-of-living increase in benefits for Social Security recipients that is effective on December 1, 2023. The bill requires the VA to publish the amounts payable, as increased, in the Federal Register. The VA is authorized to make a similar adjustment to the rates of disability compensation payable to persons who have not received compensation for service-connected disability or death.

US S 853 - Jacklyn Sheryl (Spektor) Rosen
VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act of 2023
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act of 2023 This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish the Zero Suicide Initiative pilot program for the purpose of improving safety and suicide care for veterans. The program must be implemented at five VA medical centers, including one that serves veterans in rural and remote areas.

US S 897 - Raymond Jon Tester
Expedite Veteran Appeals Act of 2023
04/26/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
Expedite Veteran Appeals Act of 2023 This bill increases the maximum possible number of judges presiding over the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to nine judges.

US S 928 - Raymond Jon Tester
Not Just a Number Act
07/12/2023 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

US S 961 - Edward John Markey
Salem Maritime National Historical Park Redesignation and Boundary Study Act
09/21/2023 - Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

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