House Acts to Improve Veterans’ Benefits, Economic Opportunities
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a series of bills to expand veteran education benefits, establish greater transparency within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and create new protections for veteran-owned small businesses. Throughout his tenure in the House, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) has supported measures that improve care and strengthen benefits for veterans, and he commended the passage additional bills to further these efforts.
“I am confident the quality of benefits our veterans receive will continue to improve if we listen to them and work to address their concerns,” Tipton said. “Our veterans have sacrificed so much to protect this country, and they deserve to have access to the resources they need when they transition to civilian life. Passing these important pieces of legislation reaffirms Congress’ commitment to supporting our nation’s veterans.”
Included in the series of House-passed bills is the Harry E. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (H.R. 3218), which expands the GI Bill by eliminating the current 15-year time limit veterans and their spouses have to use their GI benefits. Eliminating the arbitrary deadline will make continuing education opportunities more accessible for veterans across the country.
Also included in the series of House-passed bills is the Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act (H.R. 1690), a measure that would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report to Congress detailing information regarding senior employees’ bonuses on a yearly basis. Additionally, the House passed the Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act (H.R. 2781), which would provide veteran small business owners with preference during the General Service Administration contracting process.
Additional House-passed bills include: Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act (H.R. 2781); VA Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act (H.R. 2006); Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2017 (H.R. 2749); Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017 (H.R. 1848); VA Provider Equity Act (H.R. 1058; and Military Residency Choice Act (H.R. 282).