Federal - HR 299

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019

Introduced

January 8, 2019

Description

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 333

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  • May 16, 2019S. Brooks, R-Ind., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.203, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E611

  • May 15, 2019Costa, D-Calif., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.203, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E600

  • May 15, 2019G. Graves, R-La., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.203, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E599

  • May 14, 2019 — Measure, as amended, passed in the House by roll call vote, 410-0, under suspension of the rules (two-thirds vote required). Congressional Record p. H3771

  • May 14, 2019House Vote 203 VA Health Benefit Eligibility — Passage
    Takano, D-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would make certain veterans who served offshore of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 eligible for a presumption of Agent Orange exposure for the purposes of Veterans Affairs Department disability compensation for service-connected medical conditions. It would direct the VA to conduct outreach to eligible veterans whose claims were previously denied, and it would authorize retroactive payments to such veterans. The bill would also extend dates of service constituting eligibility for certain Korea veterans to receive disability compensation related to Agent Orange exposure, and it would extend eligibility to certain veterans who served in Thailand for benefits to veterans whose children have spina bifida. Finally, it would require the VA to report to Congress on the health status of Gulf War veterans and would make several modifications to VA authority related to the department's mortgage loan program, including adjustments to loan limits and loan fees. Motion agreed to 410-0. Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (274 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules. Congressional Record p. H3743-H3751, H3771

  • May 13, 2019Cost Estimate issued by Congressional Budget Office.

  • May 8, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

    May 8, 2019 — Committee Vote: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans — Jumbo Loans
      Roe, R-Tenn. —

    Amendment to the Takano, D-Calif., substitute amendment that would permit jumbo loans under the Department of Veterans Affairs home loan guaranty program and exempt Purple Heart recipients from fees if they provide proof of they received the award before the loan's closing date.

    Amendment to the Takano, D-Calif., substitute amendment that would permit jumbo loans under the Department of Veterans Affairs home loan guaranty program and exempt Purple Heart recipients from fees if they provide proof of they received the award before the loan's closing date.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    May 8, 2019 — Committee Vote: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans — Substitute Amendment
      Takano, D-Calif. —

    Substitute amendment that would reduce fee increases on some home loans and remove a provision that would impose fees on certain injured veterans. The amendment also would expand home loan limits to allow veterans to purchase homes in more expensive areas. As amended, it would waive fees for Purple Heart recipients, who provide evidence they received the award. It also would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify military bases in Thailand where herbicides were used.

    It also would amend the loan fee table by lowering the percentage owed on initial loans to purchase and construct dwellings with a 0, 5 or 10 percent down payment between Jan. 1, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2022. It also would lower the percentage owed on subsequent loans with 0 percent down closed during the same time period.

    It would cap the maximum amount of guaranty entitlement available to some loans of more than $144,000 at 25 percent of the Freddie Mac conforming loan limit. It also would remove a section stating that a fee would be collected from any service disabled veteran with a disability rated less than total or a surviving spouse of such a veteran who receives a loan in an amount that exceeds the Freddie Mac conforming loan limitations.

    Within 120 days of the its enactment, the bill would require the VA secretary to submit a report to certain congressional committees concerning outreach to inform veterans of their ability to submit a disability compensation claim and respond to inquiries from veterans about their claims. It would require the secretary to publish on the VA website a notice and provide written notification to the veteran service organization community on how veterans could submit or resubmit a disability compensation claim.

    The amendment would require the secretary, by Jan. 1, 2021 and annually thereafter for two years, to submit a report to certain congressional committees concerning disability compensation claims.

    Substitute amendment that would reduce fee increases on some home loans and remove a provision that would impose fees on certain injured veterans. The amendment also would expand home loan limits to allow veterans to purchase homes in more expensive areas. As amended, it would waive fees for Purple Heart recipients, who provide evidence they received the award. It also would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify military bases in Thailand where herbicides were used.

    It also would amend the loan fee table by lowering the percentage owed on initial loans to purchase and construct dwellings with a 0, 5 or 10 percent down payment between Jan. 1, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2022. It also would lower the percentage owed on subsequent loans with 0 percent down closed during the same time period.

    It would cap the maximum amount of guaranty entitlement available to some loans of more than $144,000 at 25 percent of the Freddie Mac conforming loan limit. It also would remove a section stating that a fee would be collected from any service disabled veteran with a disability rated less than total or a surviving spouse of such a veteran who receives a loan in an amount that exceeds the Freddie Mac conforming loan limitations.

    Within 120 days of the its enactment, the bill would require the VA secretary to submit a report to certain congressional committees concerning outreach to inform veterans of their ability to submit a disability compensation claim and respond to inquiries from veterans about their claims. It would require the secretary to publish on the VA website a notice and provide written notification to the veteran service organization community on how veterans could submit or resubmit a disability compensation claim.

    The amendment would require the secretary, by Jan. 1, 2021 and annually thereafter for two years, to submit a report to certain congressional committees concerning disability compensation claims.

    Adopted (as amended) by voice vote.

    May 8, 2019 — Committee Vote: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans — Vote to Report

    Extend the presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits for veterans who served in waters off the cost of Vietnam during the period beginning Jan. 9, 1962 through May 7, 1975, and may have been exposed to an herbicide agent containing dioxin or 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid known as Agent Orange.

    As amended, it also would extend the presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits due to exposure to Agent Orange to Korean War veterans who served active military duty in or near the Korean demilitarized zone during the period beginning on Sept. 1, 1967 through Aug. 31, 1971.

    It also would authorize the VA secretary to provide health care, vocational training and rehabilitation benefits to children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida.

    It also would make changes and adjustments to the veterans home loan program to offset the cost of the legislation.

    Extend the presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits for veterans who served in waters off the cost of Vietnam during the period beginning Jan. 9, 1962 through May 7, 1975, and may have been exposed to an herbicide agent containing dioxin or 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid known as Agent Orange.

    As amended, it also would extend the presumption of eligibility for compensation benefits due to exposure to Agent Orange to Korean War veterans who served active military duty in or near the Korean demilitarized zone during the period beginning on Sept. 1, 1967 through Aug. 31, 1971.

    It also would authorize the VA secretary to provide health care, vocational training and rehabilitation benefits to children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida.

    It also would make changes and adjustments to the veterans home loan program to offset the cost of the legislation.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) by voice vote.
  • May 7, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 10

    Blumenauer, (D-Ore.)Hayes, (D-Conn.)Timmons (R-S.C.)
    Cloud, (R-Texas)Pressley, (D-Mass.)Wasserman Schultz, (D-Fla.)
    Fleischmann, (R-Tenn.)Schrier, (D-Wash.)
    Green, (R-Tenn.)Stanton, (D-Ariz.)
  • May 1, 2019 — Subcommittee hearing held by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

  • April 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Arrington, (R-Texas)Jordan, (R-Ohio)
    Blunt Rochester, (D-Del.)Shimkus, (R-Ill.)
  • March 27, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 14

    Brady, K. (R-Texas)Cummings, (D-Md.)Taylor, V. (R-Texas)
    Casten, (D-Ill.)Golden, (D-Maine)Trahan, (D-Mass.)
    Clark, K. (D-Mass.)McMorris Rodgers, (R-Wash.)Veasey, (D-Texas)
    Cleaver (D-Mo.)Stevens, (D-Mich.)Williams, (R-Texas)
    Cox, (D-Calif.)Stivers, (R-Ohio)
  • March 21, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Cuellar, (D-Texas)Jackson Lee, (D-Texas)
  • March 18, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 18

    Abraham, (R-La.)Escobar, (D-Texas)Pence, (R-Ind.)
    Armstrong, (R-N.D.)Gooden, (R-Texas)Rouda, (D-Calif.)
    Bera, (D-Calif.)Griffith, (R-Va.)San Nicolas, (D-Guam)
    Chu, (D-Calif.)Johnson, H. (D-Ga.)Spanberger, (D-Va.)
    Davis, D. (D-Ill.)Marchant, (R-Texas)Torres Small, (D-N.M.)
    DeLauro, (D-Conn.)Moulton, (D-Mass.)Upton, (R-Mich.)
  • March 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Calvert, (R-Calif.)Phillips, (D-Minn.)Speier, (D-Calif.)
    Long, (R-Mo.)Price, (D-N.C.)
    Morelle, (D-N.Y.)Reed, T. (R-N.Y.)
  • March 6, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 25

    Bass, (D-Calif.)Hagedorn, (R-Minn.)Radewagen, (R-A.S.)
    Cline, (R-Va.)Harder, (D-Calif.)Roybal-Allard, (D-Calif.)
    Costa, (D-Calif.)Holding, (R-N.C.)Smith, Adrian (R-Neb.)
    Craig, (D-Minn.)Hudson, (R-N.C.)Steil, (R-Wis.)
    Cunningham, (D-S.C.)Johnson, E.B. (D-Texas)Vargas, (D-Calif.)
    Emmer, (R-Minn.)Krishnamoorthi, (D-Ill.)Vela, (D-Texas)
    Finkenauer, (D-Iowa)Lofgren, (D-Calif.)Wittman, (R-Va.)
    Gottheimer, (D-N.J.)Lucas, (R-Okla.)
    Graves, G. (R-La.)Newhouse, (R-Wash.)
  • Feb. 26, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 12

    Allred, (D-Texas)Garcia, (D-Ill.)Porter, (D-Calif.)
    Axne, (D-Iowa)Herrera Beutler, (R-Wash.)Scanlon, (D-Pa.)
    Castor, (D-Fla.)Lieu, (D-Calif.)Slotkin, (D-Mich.)
    DelBene, (D-Wash.)Omar, (D-Minn.)Stauber, (R-Minn.)
  • Feb. 25, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 20

    Amodei, (R-Nev.)LaMalfa, (R-Calif.)Rice, T. (R-S.C.)
    Bishop, R. (R-Utah)Levin, (D-Mich.)Ruiz, (D-Calif.)
    Carson, (D-Ind.)Lujan, B.R. (D-N.M.)Schiff, (D-Calif.)
    Doggett, (D-Texas)Mucarsel-Powell, (D-Fla.)Underwood, (D-Ill.)
    Gonzalez, (R-Ohio)Norcross, (D-N.J.)Walberg, (R-Mich.)
    Himes, (D-Conn.)Norman, (R-S.C.)Walden, (R-Ore.)
    Horn, (D-Okla.)Raskin, (D-Md.)
  • Feb. 13, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 15

    Baird, (R-Ind.)Levin, (D-Calif.)Perry, (R-Pa.)
    DeGette, (D-Colo.)Luria, (D-Va.)Richmond, (D-La.)
    Garcia, (D-Texas)Maloney, C. (D-N.Y.)Riggleman, (R-Va.)
    Hill, (D-Calif.)Matsui, (D-Calif.)Weber, (R-Texas)
    Hunter, (R-Calif.)McCaul, (R-Texas)Wilson, F. (D-Fla.)
  • Feb. 11, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 11

    Dean, (D-Pa.)Graves, S. (R-Mo.)Malinowski, (D-N.J.)
    Deutch, (D-Fla.)Higgins, B. (D-N.Y.)McKinley, (R-W.Va.)
    Gallego, (D-Ariz.)Houlahan, (D-Pa.)Yarmuth, (D-Ky.)
    Granger, (R-Texas)Kaptur, (D-Ohio)
  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 24

    Amash, (R-Mich.)Joyce, (R-Pa.)Sherrill, (D-N.J.)
    Collins, C. (R-N.Y.)King, P. (R-N.Y.)Simpson, (R-Idaho)
    Gaetz, (R-Fla.)Kirkpatrick, (D-Ariz.)Steube, (R-Fla.)
    Gohmert, (R-Texas)Latta, (R-Ohio)Suozzi, (D-N.Y.)
    Guthrie, (R-Ky.)McClintock, (R-Calif.)Watkins, (R-Kan.)
    Haaland, (D-N.M.)Miller, (R-W.Va.)Webster, (R-Fla.)
    Hartzler, (R-Mo.)Rose, (D-N.Y.)Wexton, (D-Va.)
    Horsford, (D-Nev.)Shalala, (D-Fla.)Wild, (D-Pa.)
  • Jan. 30, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 14

    Brindisi, (D-N.Y.)Crow, (D-Colo.)Meadows, (R-N.C.)
    Burgess, (R-Texas)Gonzalez-Colon, J. (R-P.R.)Meuser, (R-Pa.)
    Bustos, (D-Ill.)Heck, (D-Wash.)Pappas, (D-N.H.)
    Case, (D-Hawaii)Hurd, (R-Texas)Smith, J. (R-Mo.)
    Crawford, (R-Ark.)Kim, (D-N.J.)
  • Jan. 24, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Hern, (R-Okla.)Rouzer, (R-N.C.)Tipton, (R-Colo.)
    Lowenthal, (D-Calif.)Scott, D. (D-Ga.)Visclosky, (D-Ind.)
    Mitchell, (R-Mich.)Spano, (R-Fla.)
  • Jan. 23, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 12

    Bacon, (R-Neb.)Kind, (D-Wis.)Reschenthaler, (R-Pa.)
    Bergman, (R-Mich.)Lee, (D-Nev.)Torres, (D-Calif.)
    DeSaulnier, (D-Calif.)Lesko, (R-Ariz.)Turner, (R-Ohio)
    Gallagher, (R-Wis.)Mast, (R-Fla.)Walorski, (R-Ind.)
  • Jan. 17, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 15

    Babin, (R-Texas)Kinzinger, (R-Ill.)Sherman, (D-Calif.)
    Buchanan, (R-Fla.)Payne (D-N.J.)Thompson, G. (R-Pa.)
    Cole, (R-Okla.)Posey, (R-Fla.)Thompson, M. (D-Calif.)
    Gianforte, (R-Mont.)Quigley, (D-Ill.)Waters, Maxine (D-Calif.)
    Gibbs, (R-Ohio)Sensenbrenner, (R-Wis.)Westerman, (R-Ark.)
  • Jan. 15, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 10

    Byrne, (R-Ala.)Jones, (R-N.C.)Van Drew, (D-N.J.)
    Duffy, (R-Wis.)Kelly, M. (R-Pa.)Young, Don (R-Alaska)
    Grothman, (R-Wis.)Lowey, (D-N.Y.)
    Johnson, B. (R-Ohio)Sarbanes, (D-Md.)
  • Jan. 11, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 12

    Brooks, S. (R-Ind.)Fitzpatrick, (R-Pa.)Olson, (R-Texas)
    Crist, (D-Fla.)LaHood, (R-Ill.)Peterson, (D-Minn.)
    Davis, R. (R-Ill.)McGovern, (D-Mass.)Rutherford, (R-Fla.)
    Delgado, (D-N.Y.)Marshall, (R-Kan.)Sewell, (D-Ala.)
  • Jan. 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 18

    Castro, (D-Texas)Larsen, R. (D-Wash.)Panetta, (D-Calif.)
    Hill, (R-Ark.)Larson, J. (D-Conn.)Ruppersberger, (D-Md.)
    Joyce, (R-Ohio)Marino, (R-Pa.)Schrader, (D-Ore.)
    Kennedy, Joseph P. (D-Mass.)Mooney, (R-W.Va.)Smith, Adam (D-Wash.)
    Kilmer, (D-Wash.)Moore, (D-Wis.)Smith, C. (R-N.J.)
    King, S. (R-Iowa)Mullin, (R-Okla.)Zeldin, (R-N.Y.)
  • Jan. 8, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 82

    Adams, (D-N.C.)Engel, (D-N.Y.)O'Halleran, (D-Ariz.)
    Aguilar, (D-Calif.)Espaillat, (D-N.Y.)Palazzo, (R-Miss.)
    Barr, (R-Ky.)Fortenberry, (R-Neb.)Pallone (D-N.J.)
    Beatty, (D-Ohio)Foster, (D-Ill.)Pascrell (D-N.J.)
    Beyer (D-Va.)Gabbard, (D-Hawaii)Perlmutter, (D-Colo.)
    Bilirakis, (R-Fla.)Garamendi, (D-Calif.)Peters, S. (D-Calif.)
    Bishop, S. (D-Ga.)Gonzalez, (D-Texas)Pingree, (D-Maine)
    Bonamici, (D-Ore.)Hastings, (D-Fla.)Pocan, (D-Wis.)
    Bost, (R-Ill.)Katko, (R-N.Y.)Rice, K. (D-N.Y.)
    Boyle, (D-Pa.)Kelly, R. (D-Ill.)Rush, (D-Ill.)
    Brown, A. (D-Md.)Khanna, (D-Calif.)Ryan, T. (D-Ohio)
    Brownley, (D-Calif.)Kildee, (D-Mich.)Sablan, (I-N. Marianas)
    Carbajal, (D-Calif.)Kuster, (D-N.H.)Schakowsky, (D-Ill.)
    Cardenas, (D-Calif.)Lamb, (D-Pa.)Schneider, (D-Ill.)
    Cartwright, (D-Pa.)Langevin, (D-R.I.)Scott, R. (D-Va.)
    Cicilline, (D-R.I.)Lawson, (D-Fla.)Serrano, (D-N.Y.)
    Cisneros, (D-Calif.)Lipinski, (D-Ill.)Sires, (D-N.J.)
    Clarke, Y. (D-N.Y.)Loebsack, (D-Iowa)Soto, (D-Fla.)
    Cohen, (D-Tenn.)Lynch, (D-Mass.)Stefanik, (R-N.Y.)
    Connolly, (D-Va.)Maloney, S.P. (D-N.Y.)Swalwell, (D-Calif.)
    Cook, (R-Calif.)Massie, (R-Ky.)Thompson, B. (D-Miss.)
    Correa, (D-Calif.)McCollum, (D-Minn.)Titus, (D-Nev.)
    Courtney, (D-Conn.)McEachin, (D-Va.)Tonko, (D-N.Y.)
    Davis, S. (D-Calif.)Meng, (D-N.Y.)Velazquez, (D-N.Y.)
    DeFazio, (D-Ore.)Murphy, S. (D-Fla.)Watson Coleman, (D-N.J.)
    Dingell, (D-Mich.)Napolitano, (D-Calif.)Welch, (D-Vt.)
    Doyle, (D-Pa.)Neal, (D-Mass.)
    Duncan, Jeff (R-S.C.)Norton, (D-D.C.)
  • Jan. 8, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Veterans' Affairs.Congressional Record p. H282