WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement after the House passed S. 1963, The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. This legislation provides support to family and others who care for disabled, ill or injured veterans; enhances health services for the 1.8 million women veterans, including care to newborns for the first time in history; expands mental health services for veterans and health care access for veterans in rural areas; and eliminates copayments for veterans who are catastrophically ill.

“House Democrats are committed to addressing the needs of America’s service men and women as well as their families. Our veterans have made the ultimate sacrifices for this country-but their families and caregivers face many hardships and challenges during their recovery and rehabilitation from severe injuries.  This legislation provides them with the support services they need.  The bill also expands and improves much-needed veteran health care services for women.

“Our commitment to our troops doesn’t stop when they return home from war and Congress has kept its promise to provide our veterans with first class services.  To date, we’ve passed legislation to provide a four year college education to veterans, improve veteran health care services, prevent and end veteran homelessness, expand economic opportunity for veterans, provide veterans with disability assistance and to bring accountability to the VA.

“I am proud of that we’ve done here today, in the past, and will continue to do in the future, to take care of those who bravely serve our country.”