U.S. House passes six bills for veterans
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement regarding the House passage of six veterans’ bills on Tuesday.
“I am pleased that my colleagues in the House have passed these important Veterans’ bills before the end of the year, and I am proud to have voted to pass these bills out of Committee and to have co-sponsored some of them. The House passed the following bills,” Amata said.
H.R. 3286, the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2016, requires the Department of Labor to better recognize employers’ efforts to recruit and retain veteran employees and provide community and charitable services to the veteran community.
H.R. 3471, the Veterans Mobility Safety Act, directs VA to develop a comprehensive policy regarding quality standards for providers who dispense modification services to veterans under the Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program. The bill also authorizes VA to hire and prescribe qualifications for hiring hearing aid specialists.
H.R. 4757, expands the eligibility for headstones, markers, and medallions furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for deceased individuals who were awarded the Medal of Honor and are buried in private cemeteries and allows VA to send Presidential Memorial Certificates to the families of deceased veterans.
H.R. 5166, the WINGMAN Act, would allow veterans to authorize qualified congressional staffers to access their benefits claims information, including medical and pay records.
H.R. 5600, the No Hero Left Untreated Act, requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out a one-year pilot program to treat veterans with magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy.
H.R. 6323, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system in Long Beach, California, the "Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center."
H.R. 3471 has been sent to receive the president’s signature. The other bills are awaiting consideration by the Senate.
“I want to thank Chairman Miller and the rest of the VA committee for all their work on these pieces of legislation and for their dedication to improving the ways we repay our country’s veterans for their service,” stated Amata.