House Passes Amata-Cosponsored Veterans Bills
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed House passage of a slate of Veterans bills, including several she cosponsored, and took part in a Committee hearing on the ongoing problem and national tragedy of Veteran suicides.
The House passed three Amata-cosponsored bills: The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, H.R. 1200; The Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William Bill Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act, H.R. 2326; and the Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act, H.R. 2333.
“I’m pleased to support these bipartisan bills that originated in the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs,” said Aumua Amata. “Each one of these efforts makes an improvement for some of our Veterans in an area of need that has been made known to Congress. In this way, we honor their service, and continue to work on the country’s ongoing commitments to all our Veterans.”
The House has been busy with a sequence of 18 Veterans bills moving through Committee and the full house, sponsored by both Republican and Democratic Members, including last week’s passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act and other Veterans bills.
Congresswoman Amata in the Joint Hearing with Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee Ranking Member Trent Kelly (left) and Veterans Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Dr. Neal Dunn.
HEARING: Congresswoman Amata took part in a Joint Hearing with the Veterans Subcommittee on Health and the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel. The Joint Hearing was titled, Military and Veteran Suicide: Understanding the Problem and Preparing for the Future. The two Subcommittees heard testimony from both the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including the doctor overseeing mental health policy for the Pentagon, and the doctor serving as the National Director of Suicide Prevention for the VA.
“It’s heartbreaking to think of one of our Veterans struggling alone,” said Aumua Amata. “They were willing to fight for our country if called upon. Now, some of our Veterans still face the fight of their lives. I appreciate the focus being put on this important issue.”
On Tuesday, the following nine bipartisan Veterans bills passed the House:
- H.R. 1812 - Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee)
- H.R. 2359 - Whole Veteran Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Conor Lamb / Veterans Affairs Committee)
- H.R. 1947 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to exempt transfers of funds from Federal agencies to the Department of Veterans Affairs for nonprofit corporations established under subchapter IV of chapter 73 of such title from certain provisions of the Economy Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee)
- H.R. 2326 - Navy Seal Chief Petty Officer William Bill Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Levin / Veterans Affairs Committee)
- H.R. 2333 - Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act (Sponsored by Rep. Anthony Brindisi / Veterans Affairs Committee)
- H.R. 2340 - FIGHT Veteran Suicide Act (Sponsored by Rep. Max Rose / Veterans Affairs Committee)
- H.R. 1200 - Veterans Compensation Cost-of-living Adjustment Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Elaine Luria / Veterans Affairs Committee)
- H.R. 2372 - Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lauren Underwood / Veterans Affairs Committee)
- H.R. 2045 - Veterans’ Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup / Veterans Affairs Committee)