May 23, 2017

Ranking Member Walz Applauds Passage Of Six Bipartisan Veterans Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Today, House Committee on Veterans Affairs Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass six pieces of bipartisan legislation that will directly benefit veterans and their families across the U.S. Included in these bills are critically important provisions that will modernize the appeals process for VA disability claims, maintain disabled veterans’ standard of living through an annual compensation cost of living adjustment, ensure every veteran gets the benefits and care they deserve on a more efficient basis, fight back against the national opioid epidemic which disproportionately affects veterans, and more.

“Today, Democrats and Republicans in Congress demonstrated their gratitude and respect to the men and women who bravely served in uniform for the United States,” Rep. Walz said. “I’d like to thank all Members on and off the Committee, as well as former Members of Congress, who have worked for years to see these bills through the House. The legislation we passed today represent the great things we can achieve when we work together to improve the lives of veterans. I am truly thankful for the bipartisan nature of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and I thank my friend and colleague, Chairman Roe, for his leadership and tireless commitment to serving our nation’s heroes.” 

The House passed the following legislation:

  1. H.R. 1725, the Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017 (Ranking Member Walz)
  2. H.R. 2288, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Rep. Bost)
  3. H.R. 1329, the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017 (Rep. Bost)
  4. H.R. 1005, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans (Rep. Zeldin)
  5. H.R. 1545, the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017 (Rep. Kuster)
  6. H.R. 91, the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act (Rep. Brownley)
  7. H.R. 1162, the No Hero Left Untreated Act (Rep. Knight)