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Friday, July 28, 2017

Jul 28, 2017
Legislative Digest
On the Floor Today: 4 Suspensions and 2 Rule Bills

The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Last votes expected TBD.

4 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 2772 - SEA Act (PDF) 

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to personally approve of a reassignment of VA’s approximately 350 Senior Executive Service (SES) employees and submit a semiannual report to congress identifying those employees who were reassigned and the costs associated with this reassignment.

2) H.R. 3262 - Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2017 (PDF) 

Sponsor: Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes a pilot program for educational assistance for former members of the Armed Forces pursuing a physician assistant degree to work within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

3) H.R. 95 - Veterans' Access to Child Care Act, as amended (PDF) 

Sponsor: Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill makes permanent a pilot program to provide child care at Veterans’ Affairs hospitals to veterans who are receiving mental health or other intensive health care services and serve as the primary caretaker of a child.

4) H.R. 873 - Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act (PDF) 

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
authorizes the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation to establish the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial as a commemorative work on federal land in the District of Columbia to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

2 Rule Bills

1) S. 114 - A bill to authorize appropriations for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes, as amended (PDF) 

Sponsor: Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes and appropriates $2 billion to be available without fiscal year limitation for the Veterans Choice Fund, extends through December 2027 the current $90 per month limit on a pension paid to veterans residing in nursing homes when their nursing costs are paid through Medicaid, extends through December 2027 the Secretary’s authority to collect fees for certain housing loans made, insured, or guaranteed by the VA, and extends through December 2027 the Secretary’s authority to use IRS income information.

2) H.R. 3180 - Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, as amended (PDF) 

Sponsor: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) | Intelligence Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes appropriations for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government for fiscal year 2018.


Additional Legislative Items are Possible

115th Congress