House Advances Package of Bills to Support Veterans
The House of Representatives has passed several bills to strengthen veterans’ benefits. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) supported the effort, and voiced his appreciation for America’s veterans ahead of the 2017 Memorial Day holiday.
“We are incredibly blessed that so many veterans call the Third Congressional District home. America’s veterans put their lives on the line to defend the freedoms that we all enjoy today, and it is our duty to ensure that they receive the care and benefits they deserve when they return home,” Tipton said.
The House-passed bills include:
- Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2288): overhauls the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) appeals process to give veterans three streamlined options to appeal the initial decision on their claim;
- VA Scheduling Accountability Act (H.R. 467): requires the VA to annually certify that it is in full compliance with laws and regulations related to scheduling hospital care and medical services appointments for veterans;
- Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017 (H.R. 1725): requires the VA to accept complete reports from private health care providers to support a veteran’s claim for disability compensation or pension;
- Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017 (H.R. 1329): provides veterans with an increased rate of compensation that reflects the Social Security Administration 2017 cost-of-living adjustment.
“No matter what side of the aisle we sit on, we all want the very best for our veterans. I was pleased by the bipartisan effort to advance these bills to the Senate,” Tipton added.