Federal - HR 299

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.

Introduced

January 5, 2017

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A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 329

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  • May 18, 2018 — Reported to the House amended by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 115-680Congressional Record p. H4241

  • May 17, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Sessions, (R-Texas)
  • May 8, 2018 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

    May 8, 2018 — Committee Vote: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans — Substitute Amendment
      Roe, R-Tenn. —

    Substitute amendment that would specify that only Vietnam veterans who served during the period beginning on Jan. 9, 1962 through May 7, 1975, would be presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange.

    The amendment also would direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to determine the effective date of an award based on the data of a claim made by an eligible veterans from Sept. 25, 1985 to Jan. 1, 2019.

    It would direct the VA secretary to conduct outreach to inform veterans of the new presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits.

    It would require the secretary to report to Congress on claims for disability compensation for blue water veterans.

    It also would extend the presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits due to exposure to Agent Orange to Korean War veterans who served active military duty in or near the Korean demilitarized zone during the period beginning on Sept. 1, 1967 through Aug. 31, 1971.

    It also would authorize the VA secretary to provide health care, vocational training and rehabilitation benefits to children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida.

    It also would require the secretary within 180 days of the bill's enactment to report to Congress on the findings from the Follow-up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era Veterans.

    It also would make changes and adjustments to the veterans home loan program to offset the cost of the legislation.

    Substitute amendment that would specify that only Vietnam veterans who served during the period beginning on Jan. 9, 1962 through May 7, 1975, would be presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange.

    The amendment also would direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to determine the effective date of an award based on the data of a claim made by an eligible veterans from Sept. 25, 1985 to Jan. 1, 2019.

    It would direct the VA secretary to conduct outreach to inform veterans of the new presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits.

    It would require the secretary to report to Congress on claims for disability compensation for blue water veterans.

    It also would extend the presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits due to exposure to Agent Orange to Korean War veterans who served active military duty in or near the Korean demilitarized zone during the period beginning on Sept. 1, 1967 through Aug. 31, 1971.

    It also would authorize the VA secretary to provide health care, vocational training and rehabilitation benefits to children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida.

    It also would require the secretary within 180 days of the bill's enactment to report to Congress on the findings from the Follow-up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era Veterans.

    It also would make changes and adjustments to the veterans home loan program to offset the cost of the legislation.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    May 8, 2018 — Committee Vote: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans — Vote to Report

    Extend the presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits for veterans who served in waters off the cost of Vietnam during the period beginning Jan. 9, 1962 through May 7, 1975, and may have been exposed to an herbicide agent containing dioxin or 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid known as Agent Orange.

    As amended, it also would extend the presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits due to exposure to Agent Orange to Korean War veterans who served active military duty in or near the Korean demilitarized zone during the period beginning on Sept. 1, 1967 through Aug. 31, 1971.

    It also would authorize the VA secretary to provide health care, vocational training and rehabilitation benefits to children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida.

    It also would make changes and adjustments to the veterans home loan program to offset the cost of the legislation.

    Extend the presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits for veterans who served in waters off the cost of Vietnam during the period beginning Jan. 9, 1962 through May 7, 1975, and may have been exposed to an herbicide agent containing dioxin or 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid known as Agent Orange.

    As amended, it also would extend the presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits due to exposure to Agent Orange to Korean War veterans who served active military duty in or near the Korean demilitarized zone during the period beginning on Sept. 1, 1967 through Aug. 31, 1971.

    It also would authorize the VA secretary to provide health care, vocational training and rehabilitation benefits to children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida.

    It also would make changes and adjustments to the veterans home loan program to offset the cost of the legislation.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) by voice vote.
  • April 17, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Black, D. (R-Tenn.)
  • April 5, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Beyer (D-Va.)
  • March 19, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Jeffries, (D-N.Y.)
  • March 8, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Aderholt, R. (R-Ala.)Goodlatte, (R-Va.)
  • March 6, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Collins, C. (R-N.Y.)
  • Feb. 23, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Bass, (D-Calif.)
  • Feb. 6, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    McClintock, (R-Calif.)
  • Dec. 21, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Handel, (R-Ga.)Shuster, (R-Pa.)Titus, (D-Nev.)
  • Nov. 9, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Frelinghuysen, (R-N.J.)
  • Nov. 2, 2017Consideration and markup deferred by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

  • Oct. 31, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Fudge, (D-Ohio)Gosar, (R-Ariz.)Krishnamoorthi, (D-Ill.)
  • Oct. 25, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Lipinski, (D-Ill.)
  • Oct. 24, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Polis, (D-Colo.)
  • Oct. 23, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Khanna, (D-Calif.)
  • Oct. 19, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Garrett, (R-Va.)Kinzinger, (R-Ill.)
  • Oct. 12, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Espaillat, (D-N.Y.)Pascrell (D-N.J.)
  • Oct. 4, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Roskam, (R-Ill.)Waters, Maxine (D-Calif.)
  • Oct. 2, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Panetta, (D-Calif.)
  • Sept. 27, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Denham, (R-Calif.)
  • Sept. 25, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Green, A. (D-Texas)Reichert, (R-Wash.)
  • Sept. 18, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Norman, (R-S.C.)
  • Sept. 12, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Estes, (R-Kan.)
  • Sept. 7, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cummings, (D-Md.)
  • Aug. 18, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Lewis, John (D-Ga.)Messer, (R-Ind.)
  • Aug. 4, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Amash, (R-Mich.)
  • July 13, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Brat, (R-Va.)Murphy, T. (R-Pa.)
    Carbajal, (D-Calif.)Sewell, (D-Ala.)
  • June 29, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    McEachin, (D-Va.)
  • June 22, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Graves, G. (R-La.)
  • June 20, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Dent, (R-Pa.)
  • June 15, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Granger, (R-Texas)
  • June 7, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Norcross, (D-N.J.)Velazquez, (D-N.Y.)
  • May 24, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Evans, (D-Pa.)Jordan, (R-Ohio)Payne (D-N.J.)
  • May 22, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Reed, T. (R-N.Y.)Stewart, (R-Utah)
  • May 17, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Brown, A. (D-Md.)Eshoo, (D-Calif.)Stivers, (R-Ohio)
    Carson, (D-Ind.)Kihuen, (D-Nev.)
  • May 3, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Brooks, S. (R-Ind.)Conyers (D-Mich.)Engel, (D-N.Y.)
    Bacon, (R-Neb.)Crowley, (D-N.Y.)Raskin, (D-Md.)
  • April 28, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Simpson, (R-Idaho)
  • April 14, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Buchanan, (R-Fla.)Grijalva, (D-Ariz.)
    Cohen, (D-Tenn.)McSally, (R-Ariz.)
  • April 6, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    O'Halleran, (D-Ariz.)Posey, (R-Fla.)Smucker, (R-Pa.)
  • April 5, 2017 — Subcommittee hearing held by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

  • April 3, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Brady, R. (D-Pa.)Kaptur, (D-Ohio)Schakowsky, (D-Ill.)
    Jackson Lee, (D-Texas)Meeks, (D-N.Y.)Walden, (R-Ore.)
  • March 29, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 9

    Carter, J. (R-Texas)DeSaulnier, (D-Calif.)Price, (D-N.C.)
    Clarke, Y. (D-N.Y.)Lujan, B.R. (D-N.M.)Schneider, (D-Ill.)
    DeSantis, (R-Fla.)Peterson, (D-Minn.)Schrader, (D-Ore.)
  • March 24, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Barragan, (D-Calif.)Crist, (D-Fla.)Richmond, (D-La.)
    Capuano, (D-Mass.)Lawson, (D-Fla.)
  • March 21, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Blunt Rochester, (D-Del.)Issa, (R-Calif.)Takano, (D-Calif.)
    Butterfield, (D-N.C.)Newhouse, (R-Wash.)
    Demings, (D-Fla.)Perry, (R-Pa.)
  • March 16, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Davis, R. (R-Ill.)Sablan, (D-N. Marianas)Taylor, (R-Va.)
    Marshall, (R-Kan.)Smith, J. (R-Mo.)
  • March 10, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Cook, (R-Calif.)Lynch, (D-Mass.)Watson Coleman, (D-N.J.)
    Johnson, H. (D-Ga.)Radewagen, (R-A.S.)
  • March 7, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 14

    Adams, (D-N.C.)Murphy, S. (D-Fla.)Thompson, M. (D-Calif.)
    Gottheimer, (D-N.J.)Nolan, (D-Minn.)Tiberi, (R-Ohio)
    Harper, (R-Miss.)Roby, (R-Ala.)Tipton, (R-Colo.)
    Hartzler, (R-Mo.)Rutherford, (R-Fla.)Yoho, (R-Fla.)
    Lofgren, (D-Calif.)Suozzi, (D-N.Y.)
  • Feb. 28, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 13

    Aguilar, (D-Calif.)Higgins, B. (D-N.Y.)Scott, D. (D-Ga.)
    Bustos, (D-Ill.)Maloney, C. (D-N.Y.)Westerman, (R-Ark.)
    Correa, (D-Calif.)Noem, (R-S.D.)Williams, (R-Texas)
    Donovan, (R-N.Y.)Rosen, (D-Nev.)
    Dunn, (R-Fla.)Ruiz, (D-Calif.)
  • Feb. 16, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 13

    Blum, (R-Iowa)Hultgren, (R-Ill.)Tenney, (R-N.Y.)
    Cartwright, (D-Pa.)O'Rourke, (D-Texas)Turner, M. (R-Ohio)
    Deutch, (D-Fla.)Rice, T. (R-S.C.)Young, Don (R-Alaska)
    Gonzalez-Colon, J. (R-P.R.)Ros-Lehtinen, (R-Fla.)
    Grothman, (R-Wis.)Rothfus, (R-Pa.)
  • Feb. 13, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Duncan, Jeff (R-S.C.)King, S. (R-Iowa)Poliquin, (R-Maine)
    Fitzpatrick, (R-Pa.)Pallone (D-N.J.)Torres, (D-Calif.)
  • Feb. 6, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 16

    Bridenstine, (R-Okla.)Gaetz, (R-Fla.)Sarbanes, J. (D-Md.)
    Bergman, (R-Mich.)Hanabusa, (D-Hawaii)Smith, C. (R-N.J.)
    Castro, (D-Texas)Johnson, E. (D-Texas)Veasey, (D-Texas)
    DeGette, (D-Colo.)Kilmer, (D-Wash.)Weber, (R-Texas)
    Foster, (D-Ill.)Love, (R-Utah)
    Gallagher, (R-Wis.)Renacci, (R-Ohio)
  • Feb. 2, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 11

    Amodei, (R-Nev.)Kennedy, Joseph (D-Mass.)Roybal-Allard, (D-Calif.)
    Crawford, (R-Ark.)Lieu, (D-Calif.)Soto, (D-Fla.)
    Gibbs, B. (R-Ohio)Mast, (R-Fla.)Wittman, (R-Va.)
    Hastings, (D-Fla.)Paulsen, (R-Minn.)
  • Jan. 24, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 22

    Babin, (R-Texas)Jenkins, L. (R-Kan.)Quigley, (D-Ill.)
    Bishop, M. (R-Mich.)Keating, (D-Mass.)Rouzer, (R-N.C.)
    Cicilline, (D-R.I.)LaHood, (R-Ill.)Sherman, (D-Calif.)
    Faso, (R-N.Y.)Loebsack, (D-Iowa)Smith, Adam (D-Wash.)
    Fortenberry, (R-Neb.)Lowey, (D-N.Y.)Upton, (R-Mich.)
    Graves, S. (R-Mo.)Lucas, F. (R-Okla.)Vargas, (D-Calif.)
    Gutierrez, (D-Ill.)Moore, (D-Wis.)
    Huizenga, (R-Mich.)Norton, (D-D.C.)
  • Jan. 13, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 36

    Bishop, R. (R-Utah)Gabbard, (D-Hawaii)McKinley, (R-W.Va.)
    Bishop, S. (D-Ga.)Gonzalez, V. (D-Texas)Meng, (D-N.Y.)
    Bonamici, (D-Ore.)Green, G. (D-Texas)Olson, (R-Texas)
    Boyle, (D-Pa.)Griffith, (R-Va.)Perlmutter, (D-Colo.)
    Calvert, (R-Calif.)Hill, (R-Ark.)Pocan, (D-Wis.)
    Chu, (D-Calif.)Jenkins, E. (R-W.Va.)Rohrabacher, (R-Calif.)
    Cole, (R-Okla.)Kind, R. (D-Wis.)Sanchez, (D-Calif.)
    Connolly, (D-Va.)Lance, (R-N.J.)Scott, R. (D-Va.)
    Costa, (D-Calif.)Larson, J. (D-Conn.)Sires, (D-N.J.)
    Davis, S. (D-Calif.)Lowenthal, (D-Calif.)Swalwell, (D-Calif.)
    Duffy, (R-Wis.)MacArthur, (R-N.J.)Tonko, (D-N.Y.)
    Esty, (D-Conn.)McGovern, (D-Mass.)Vela, (D-Texas)
  • Jan. 10, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 22

    Byrne, (R-Ala.)Herrera Beutler, (R-Wash.)Rogers, H. (R-Ky.)
    Cardenas, (D-Calif.)Hudson, (R-N.C.)Ryan, T. (D-Ohio)
    Carter, E.L. (R-Ga.)Johnson, B. (R-Ohio)Shea-Porter, (D-N.H.)
    Castor, (D-Fla.)Katko, (R-N.Y.)Walberg, (R-Mich.)
    Cramer, (R-N.D.)Latta, (R-Ohio)Yarmuth, (D-Ky.)
    Ellison, (D-Minn.)Matsui, D. (D-Calif.)Young, David (R-Iowa)
    Gohmert, (R-Texas)Pingree, (D-Maine)
    Guthrie, (R-Ky.)Poe, (R-Texas)
  • Jan. 9, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 17

    Barletta, (R-Pa.)Delaney, (D-Md.)Marino, (R-Pa.)
    Blumenauer, (D-Ore.)Garamendi, (D-Calif.)McCaul, (R-Texas)
    Bordallo, (D-Guam)Heck, (D-Wash.)Schiff, A. (D-Calif.)
    Brownley, (D-Calif.)King, P. (R-N.Y.)Sensenbrenner, (R-Wis.)
    Comstock, (R-Va.)LaMalfa, (R-Calif.)Thompson, G. (R-Pa.)
    Costello, (R-Pa.)Lujan Grisham, M. (D-N.M.)
  • Jan. 6, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 45

    Beatty, (D-Ohio)Kelly, R. (D-Ill.)Nunes, (R-Calif.)
    Bilirakis, G. (R-Fla.)Kildee, (D-Mich.)Palazzo, (R-Miss.)
    Clark, K. (D-Mass.)Knight, (R-Calif.)Peters, S. (D-Calif.)
    Curbelo, (R-Fla.)Kuster, (D-N.H.)Rice, K. (D-N.Y.)
    DeFazio, (D-Ore.)Langevin, (D-R.I.)Ruppersberger, (D-Md.)
    DeLauro, (D-Conn.)Larsen, R. (D-Wash.)Rush, (D-Ill.)
    DelBene, (D-Wash.)Maloney, S. (D-N.Y.)Serrano, (D-N.Y.)
    Dingell, (D-Mich.)Massie, (R-Ky.)Sinema, (D-Ariz.)
    Farenthold, (R-Texas)McCollum, Betty (D-Minn.)Slaughter, L. (D-N.Y.)
    Frankel, (D-Fla.)Meehan, (R-Pa.)Tsongas, (D-Mass.)
    Gallego, Ruben (D-Ariz.)Mooney, (R-W.Va.)Walorski, (R-Ind.)
    Himes, (D-Conn.)Moulton, (D-Mass.)Webster, (R-Fla.)
    Jones, (R-N.C.)Mullin, (R-Okla.)Welch, (D-Vt.)
    Joyce, (R-Ohio)Napolitano, (D-Calif.)Yoder, (R-Kan.)
    Kelly, (R-Pa.)Neal, R. (D-Mass.)Zeldin, (R-N.Y.)
  • Jan. 5, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 5

    Courtney, (D-Conn.)Ross, D. (R-Fla.)Walz, (D-Minn.)
    LoBiondo, (R-N.J.)Stefanik, (R-N.Y.)
  • Jan. 5, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: House Veterans' Affairs.Congressional Record p. H179