|TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedures
H.Res. 389 – Rule Providing for Consideration of Both H.R. 1500 – Consumers First Act (Rep. Waters – Financial Services) and H.R. 1994 – Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (Rep. Neal – Ways and Means).
Suspensions (9 bills):
This bill requires VA to submit to Congress a report that includes an analysis of the accessibility and availability of each of the following services, at each CBOC, VAMC, Vet Center, and Community Living Center, with respect to implementation of the memorandum: massage, chiropractic services, whole health clinician services, whole health coaching, acupuncture, healing touch, whole health group services, guided imagery, meditation, hypnosis, yoga, Tai chi or Qi gong.
This bill closes a loophole that has prohibited other federal agencies from transferring money to VA for the purposes of joint, multi-year research initiatives. It authorizes the VA Secretary to replace a veteran’s government-furnished headstone or marker in a non-VA cemetery and add an inscription for a deceased spouse or child following their deaths. It also closes a loophole that allows public flight schools to charge excessive fees to veteran students to obtain private pilot licenses.
This bill expands access to the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Centers to members of the National Guard who have been called to Active service for Federal or State emergencies and Coast Guard members who have been called to Active service.
This bill creates a pilot program for off-base transition training to make the transition process easier for veterans and spouses by giving them more time to access resources and digest the information provided to them, all while living in their new community. The legislation would also create a grant program for organizations to provide multiple transition assistance services such as resume assistance, interview training, and job recruitment training from a central source.
This bill directs the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes.
This bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide to Congress a notice of any suicide or attempted suicide of a veteran in a Department of Veterans Affairs facility.
This bill increases, effective December 1, 2019, the rate of the compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rate of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.
This bill directs the Comptroller General of the United States to assess all memoranda of understanding and memoranda of agreement between VA Under Secretary of Health and non-Department of Veterans Affairs entities relating to suicide prevention and mental health services.
This bill establishes a fourth Administration, titled the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration and the Under Secretary for Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition of the Department of Veterans Affairs. This Administration will oversee: vocational rehabilitation and employment, educational assistance, veterans’ housing loan and, the verification of veteran-owned small businesses, the Transition Assistance Program.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”