Federal - S 2216

A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to formally recognize caregivers of veterans, notify veterans and caregivers of clinical determinations relating to eligibility for caregiver programs, and temporarily extend benefits for veterans who are determined ineligible for the family caregiver program, and for other purposes.

Introduced

July 23, 2019

Description

A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to formally recognize caregivers of veterans, notify veterans and caregivers of clinical determinations relating to eligibility for caregiver programs, and temporarily extend benefits for veterans who are determined ineligible for the family caregiver program, and for other purposes.

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Co-Sponsors 18

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  • Dec. 31, 2020 — Became Public Law, PL 116-278, 134 Stat. 3373.

  • Dec. 31, 2020 — Signed by the president.

  • Dec. 28, 2020Cloud, R-Texas, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.244, and would have voted yea if present.

  • Dec. 21, 2020Lesko, R-Ariz., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.244, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1192

  • Dec. 20, 2020 — Enrolled measure signed in the Senate. Congressional Record p. S7876

  • Dec. 20, 2020 — Enrolled measure signed in the House. Congressional Record p. H7284

  • Dec. 18, 2020G. Graves, R-La., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.244, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1185

  • Dec. 18, 2020Stauber, R-Minn., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.244, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1181

  • Dec. 18, 2020H. Rogers, R-Ky., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.244, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1181

  • Dec. 17, 2020Roby, R-Ala., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.244, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1174

  • Dec. 16, 2020 — Measure cleared for the president. Congressional Record p. H7224-H7225

  • Dec. 16, 2020 — Measure passed in the House by roll call vote, 380-0, under suspension of the rules (two-thirds vote required). Congressional Record p. H7224-H7225

  • Dec. 16, 2020House Vote 244 VA Caregiver Program Notification — Passage
    Takano, D-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the Veterans Affairs Department to standardize notification procedures to inform applicants, eligible veterans and family caregivers of such veterans regarding eligibility in the department's veteran family caregiver assistance program. It would require the department to provide notifications at least 60 days in advance in the case of a discharge from the program due to improvement in the veteran's condition, and it would allow the department to extend program benefits for caregivers for a 90-day period following a veteran's discharge. It would also require the department to formally recognize all caregivers of veterans in veterans' electronic health records, if feasible. Motion agreed to (thus cleared for the president), 380-0. Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (254 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules. Pursuant to the provisions of H Res 965, members were able to vote remotely by proxy during the public health emergency period related to COVID-19. Congressional Record p. H7211-H7213, H7224-H7225

  • Nov. 18, 2020 — Received in the House and held at the desk. Congressional Record p. H5923

  • Nov. 17, 2020 — Measure, as amended, passed in the Senate by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S7044

  • Nov. 17, 2020 — Portman, R-Ohio, for Peters, D-Mich., substitute amendment no. 2688 at the desk adopted by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S7044

  • Nov. 17, 2020 — Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee-reported substitute amendment withdrawn by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S7044

  • Nov. 17, 2020 — Considered by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S7044-S7045

  • Nov. 17, 2020 — Portman, R-Ohio (for G. Peters, D-Mich.), amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 2688. Congressional Record p. S7041, S7041

  • Sept. 15, 2020 — Reported to the Senate with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and without a written report by the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. Congressional Record p. S5608

  • Aug. 5, 2020 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

    Aug. 5, 2020 — Committee Vote: En Bloc Bills and Amendments — Vote to Report
    Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate (as amended, en bloc) by voice vote.

  • June 24, 2020 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Hassan, (D-N.H.)
  • March 9, 2020 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Gardner, (R-Colo.)
  • Jan. 15, 2020 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Blumenthal, (D-Conn.)
  • Jan. 8, 2020 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Rounds, (R-S.D.)
  • Dec. 3, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cortez Masto, (D-Nev.)
  • Nov. 12, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Alexander, (R-Tenn.)
  • Nov. 6, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Durbin, (D-Ill.)Merkley, (D-Ore.)
  • Nov. 5, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Jones, (D-Ala.)Klobuchar, (D-Minn.)
  • Oct. 29, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Murkowski, (R-Alaska)Sinema, (D-Ariz.)
  • Oct. 24, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Collins, S. (R-Maine)
  • Oct. 23, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Moran, (R-Kan.)
  • Oct. 22, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Rosen, (D-Nev.)
  • Oct. 16, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Kaine, (D-Va.)
  • Sept. 10, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    McSally, (R-Ariz.)
  • July 23, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Blackburn, (R-Tenn.)
  • July 23, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Veterans' Affairs.Congressional Record p. S5012