Federal - HR 553

Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act

Introduced

January 15, 2019

Description

A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan for military surviving spouses to offset the receipt of veterans dependency and indemnity compensation, and for other purposes.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 371

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  • July 16, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Blumenauer, (D-Ore.)Horn, (D-Okla.)Porter, (D-Calif.)
    Dean, (D-Pa.)Lipinski, (D-Ill.)Torres, (D-Calif.)
  • July 10, 2019Porter, D-Calif., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.434, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. H5334

  • July 10, 2019House Vote 436 Fiscal 2020 Defense Authorization — Rule
    Adoption of the rule (H Res 476), as amended, that would provide for House floor consideration of the Fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (HR 2500). As amended, it would make in order consideration of 441 amendments to the bill. It would also provide for floor consideration of the bill (HR 1327) that would permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, under suspension of the rules on July 11 or July 12, 2019; and it would waive rules related to the House Consensus Calendar with regards to the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act (HR 553). It would also provide for automatic adoption of a Smith, D-Wash., amendment to HR 2500. The Smith amendment would increase by 3.1 percent basic pay for members of the uniformed services and includes provisions related to Defense Department annuity plans and benefits for surviving spouses of servicemembers, damage claims brought against the U.S. related to the injury or death of a servicemember, funding for the National Defense Stockpile transaction fund, and paid family and medical leave policies for federal employees, among other provisions. Adopted 234-197.

  • July 10, 2019House Vote 434 Fiscal 2020 Defense Authorization — Previous Question
    McGovern, D-Mass., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 476) and the McGovern, D-Mass., amendment to the rule that would provide for House floor consideration of the Fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (HR 2500). It would make in order consideration of 439 amendments to the bill. It would also provide for floor consideration of the bill (HR 1327) that would permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, under suspension of the rules on July 11 or July 12, 2019; and it would waive rules related to the House Consensus Calendar with regards to the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act (HR 553). It would also provide for automatic adoption of a Smith, D-Wash., amendment to HR 2500. The Smith amendment would increase by 3.1 percent basic pay for members of the uniformed services and includes provisions related to Defense Department annuity plans and benefits for surviving spouses of servicemembers, damage claims brought against the U.S. related to the injury or death of a servicemember, funding for the National Defense Stockpile transaction fund, and paid family and medical leave policies for federal employees, among other provisions. Motion agreed to 232-197.

  • July 9, 2019 — Rules Committee resolution, H Res 476, reported to the House as a rule for HR 553.

  • July 9, 2019 — House Rules Committee granted a rule providing that the bill be exempt from certain rules. Congressional Record p. H5293, H5301

  • June 28, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Butterfield, (D-N.C.)Fletcher, (D-Texas)Graves, G. (R-La.)
    Chu, (D-Calif.)Fudge, (D-Ohio)Yoho, (R-Fla.)
  • June 24, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Collins, D. (R-Ga.)Pascrell (D-N.J.)Shalala, (D-Fla.)
    Graves, T. (R-Ga.)Rogers, H. (R-Ky.)
    Maloney, C. (D-N.Y.)Schweikert, (R-Ariz.)
  • June 14, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 10

    Castro, (D-Texas)Garcia, (D-Texas)Tlaib, (D-Mich.)
    Cloud, (R-Texas)Graves, S. (R-Mo.)Waters, Maxine (D-Calif.)
    Emmer, (R-Minn.)Green, A. (D-Texas)
    Estes, (R-Kan.)LaHood, (R-Ill.)
  • June 10, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Lieu, (D-Calif.)Pressley, (D-Mass.)Schakowsky, (D-Ill.)
  • June 6, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Krishnamoorthi, (D-Ill.)Lujan, B.R. (D-N.M.)Smucker, (R-Pa.)
  • June 4, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Keating, (D-Mass.)Lucas, (R-Okla.)
    Kinzinger, (R-Ill.)Quigley, (D-Ill.)
  • June 3, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Fortenberry, (R-Neb.)Higgins, C. (R-La.)Stanton, (D-Ariz.)
    Harder, (D-Calif.)Omar, (D-Minn.)
  • May 30, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Golden, (D-Maine)Ratcliffe, (R-Texas)Zeldin, (R-N.Y.)
  • May 28, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Bustos, (D-Ill.)Davis, D. (D-Ill.)Joyce, (R-Pa.)
    Casten, (D-Ill.)Jayapal, (D-Wash.)Torres Small, (D-N.M.)
  • May 24, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    McBath, (D-Ga.)Rice, T. (R-S.C.)
  • May 22, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Clarke, Y. (D-N.Y.)Radewagen, (R-A.S.)
    Cleaver (D-Mo.)Weber, (R-Texas)
  • May 21, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Boyle, (D-Pa.)Larson, J. (D-Conn.)Sherman, (D-Calif.)
    Brooks, S. (R-Ind.)Lowenthal, (D-Calif.)Swalwell, (D-Calif.)
    Harris, A. (R-Md.)Rice, K. (D-N.Y.)
  • May 20, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Babin, (R-Texas)Correa, (D-Calif.)Hayes, (D-Conn.)
    Carbajal, (D-Calif.)Foster, (D-Ill.)Neal, (D-Mass.)
  • May 16, 2019 — Wilson, R-S.C., motion to place the bill on the Consensus Calendar under the provisions of clause 7 of Rule XV, pending at recess. Congressional Record p. H3923

  • May 16, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Balderson, (R-Ohio)Evans, (D-Pa.)Scott, A. (R-Ga.)
    Collins, C. (R-N.Y.)Gallagher, (R-Wis.)Wilson, F. (D-Fla.)
    Doyle, (D-Pa.)Hill, (D-Calif.)
  • May 15, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Doggett, (D-Texas)Lawson, (D-Fla.)Trahan, (D-Mass.)
    Lawrence, (D-Mich.)Schrier, (D-Wash.)
  • May 14, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Bera, (D-Calif.)LaMalfa, (R-Calif.)Wright, (R-Texas)
    Frankel, (D-Fla.)Wagner, (R-Mo.)
  • May 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Bilirakis, (R-Fla.)Marchant, (R-Texas)Scalise, (R-La.)
    Cunningham, (D-S.C.)McNerney, (D-Calif.)
    Long, (R-Mo.)Phillips, (D-Minn.)
  • May 7, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 9

    Hagedorn, (R-Minn.)Luetkemeyer, (R-Mo.)Sanchez, (D-Calif.)
    Higgins, B. (D-N.Y.)McEachin, (D-Va.)Trone, (D-Md.)
    Jackson Lee, (D-Texas)Sablan, (I-N. Marianas)Wild, (D-Pa.)
  • May 3, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Buck, (R-Colo.)Gottheimer, (D-N.J.)Spanberger, (D-Va.)
    Curtis, (R-Utah)Horsford, (D-Nev.)Upton, (R-Mich.)
    Garcia, (D-Ill.)Levin, (D-Mich.)
  • May 1, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 9

    Allred, (D-Texas)Houlahan, (D-Pa.)Sherrill, (D-N.J.)
    Cline, (R-Va.)Lesko, (R-Ariz.)Stevens, (D-Mich.)
    Hern, (R-Okla.)Rouda, (D-Calif.)Waltz, (R-Fla.)
  • April 29, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Cartwright, (D-Pa.)Gonzalez, (D-Texas)Richmond, (D-La.)
    DeLauro, (D-Conn.)Katko, (R-N.Y.)Tipton, (R-Colo.)
  • April 25, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Adams, (D-N.C.)Huizenga, (R-Mich.)McAdams, (D-Utah)
    Demings, (D-Fla.)Kildee, (D-Mich.)Veasey, (D-Texas)
  • April 22, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Craig, (D-Minn.)Lofgren, (D-Calif.)
  • April 18, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Bass, (D-Calif.)Davis, R. (R-Ill.)Slotkin, (D-Mich.)
    Cox, (D-Calif.)Lamb, (D-Pa.)
  • April 12, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 12

    Baird, (R-Ind.)Cummings, (D-Md.)Payne (D-N.J.)
    Barragan, (D-Calif.)Hastings, (D-Fla.)Shimkus, (R-Ill.)
    Beatty, (D-Ohio)Herrera Beutler, (R-Wash.)Thompson, G. (R-Pa.)
    Clay, (D-Mo.)Meng, (D-N.Y.)Womack, (R-Ark.)
  • April 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Amodei, (R-Nev.)Hudson, (R-N.C.)Neguse, (D-Colo.)
    Crenshaw, (R-Texas)Kennedy, Joseph P. (D-Mass.)
    Flores, (R-Texas)McKinley, (R-W.Va.)
  • April 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Lee, B. (D-Calif.)Sires, (D-N.J.)
  • April 3, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Haaland, (D-N.M.)Mucarsel-Powell, (D-Fla.)Raskin, (D-Md.)
  • April 2, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Marshall, (R-Kan.)
  • April 1, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Axne, (D-Iowa)Heck, (D-Wash.)King, P. (R-N.Y.)
  • March 28, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Comer, (R-Ky.)Roby, (R-Ala.)
  • March 27, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Chabot, (R-Ohio)McCaul, (R-Texas)Van Drew, (D-N.J.)
  • March 25, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Buchanan, (R-Fla.)Duncan, Jeff (R-S.C.)Sewell, (D-Ala.)
    Burchett, (R-Tenn.)Ferguson, (R-Ga.)Watson Coleman, (D-N.J.)
    Castor, (D-Fla.)Gohmert, (R-Texas)
  • March 21, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Banks, (R-Ind.)Kustoff, (R-Tenn.)Williams, (R-Texas)
    Fleischmann, (R-Tenn.)Roybal-Allard, (D-Calif.)
  • March 18, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Walorski, (R-Ind.)
  • March 13, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Brooks, M. (R-Ala.)Gooden, (R-Texas)Napolitano, (D-Calif.)
    Cardenas, (D-Calif.)Griffith, (R-Va.)
    Finkenauer, (D-Iowa)Levin, (D-Calif.)
  • March 11, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 9

    Armstrong, (R-N.D.)Johnson, H. (D-Ga.)Schrader, (D-Ore.)
    Brindisi, (D-N.Y.)Norcross, (D-N.J.)Smith, C. (R-N.J.)
    Crow, (D-Colo.)Pallone (D-N.J.)Wexton, (D-Va.)
  • March 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Calvert, (R-Calif.)Lamborn, (R-Colo.)Rose, (R-Tenn.)
    Crawford, (R-Ark.)Newhouse, (R-Wash.)
  • March 5, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Carson, (D-Ind.)Kim, (D-N.J.)O'Halleran, (D-Ariz.)
  • March 4, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Cicilline, (D-R.I.)King, S. (R-Iowa)Schiff, (D-Calif.)
    Dingell, (D-Mich.)Price, (D-N.C.)
  • Feb. 28, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    McGovern, (D-Mass.)Scanlon, (D-Pa.)
  • Feb. 26, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Budd, (R-N.C.)Gaetz, (R-Fla.)Roe, (R-Tenn.)
    Cheney, (R-Wyo.)Latta, (R-Ohio)Stauber, (R-Minn.)
    Cook, (R-Calif.)Lee, (D-Nev.)
  • Feb. 25, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Cohen, (D-Tenn.)Malinowski, (D-N.J.)
    Granger, (R-Texas)Meadows, (R-N.C.)
  • Feb. 14, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Abraham, (R-La.)Cuellar, (D-Texas)Steube, (R-Fla.)
    Brown, A. (D-Md.)Hartzler, (R-Mo.)
    Bucshon, (R-Ind.)Himes, (D-Conn.)
  • Feb. 13, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Cisneros, (D-Calif.)Rutherford, (R-Fla.)Stewart, (R-Utah)
    Gianforte, (R-Mont.)Scott, R. (D-Va.)
  • Feb. 11, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 11

    Beyer (D-Va.)Langevin, (D-R.I.)Walberg, (R-Mich.)
    Conaway, (R-Texas)Miller, (R-W.Va.)Watkins, (R-Kan.)
    Courtney, (D-Conn.)Panetta, (D-Calif.)Wittman, (R-Va.)
    Escobar, (D-Texas)Pingree, (D-Maine)
  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Carter, E.L. (R-Ga.)Moulton, (D-Mass.)Palazzo, (R-Miss.)
    Case, (D-Hawaii)Olson, (R-Texas)Ruiz, (D-Calif.)
  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Kelly, T. (R-Miss.)
  • Feb. 6, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Gallego, (D-Ariz.)Mitchell, (R-Mich.)Takano, (D-Calif.)
  • Feb. 5, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 19

    Aguilar, (D-Calif.)Posey, (R-Fla.)Suozzi, (D-N.Y.)
    Eshoo, (D-Calif.)Riggleman, (R-Va.)Thompson, M. (D-Calif.)
    Gosar, (R-Ariz.)Rogers, M. (R-Ala.)Vargas, (D-Calif.)
    Guthrie, (R-Ky.)Rose, (D-N.Y.)Walden, (R-Ore.)
    Holding, (R-N.C.)Ryan, T. (D-Ohio)Westerman, (R-Ark.)
    Lynch, (D-Mass.)Schneider, (D-Ill.)
    McClintock, (R-Calif.)Simpson, (R-Idaho)
  • Feb. 4, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Bost, (R-Ill.)Hill, (R-Ark.)Welch, (D-Vt.)
  • Jan. 31, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Burgess, (R-Texas)Johnson, M. (R-La.)Spano, (R-Fla.)
    DesJarlais, (R-Tenn.)Pappas, (D-N.H.)
  • Jan. 29, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Allen, (R-Ga.)McCollum, (D-Minn.)Titus, (D-Nev.)
    Diaz-Balart, (R-Fla.)Reschenthaler, (R-Pa.)
    Gabbard, (D-Hawaii)Rouzer, (R-N.C.)
  • Jan. 28, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Deutch, (D-Fla.)Kuster, (D-N.H.)Smith, J. (R-Mo.)
    Garamendi, (D-Calif.)Loudermilk, (R-Ga.)
    Kirkpatrick, (D-Ariz.)Maloney, S.P. (D-N.Y.)
  • Jan. 25, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Bonamici, (D-Ore.)McMorris Rodgers, (R-Wash.)Pocan, (D-Wis.)
    Kelly, R. (D-Ill.)Moolenaar, (R-Mich.)
  • Jan. 24, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 10

    Bergman, (R-Mich.)Grijalva, (D-Ariz.)Soto, (D-Fla.)
    Clark, K. (D-Mass.)Kaptur, (D-Ohio)Stivers, (R-Ohio)
    Crist, (D-Fla.)Kind, (D-Wis.)
    Dunn, (R-Fla.)Rush, (D-Ill.)
  • Jan. 23, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 17

    Bishop, R. (R-Utah)Larsen, R. (D-Wash.)Peters, S. (D-Calif.)
    Byrne, (R-Ala.)Loebsack, (D-Iowa)Ruppersberger, (D-Md.)
    DelBene, (D-Wash.)Luria, (D-Va.)Sarbanes, (D-Md.)
    Green, (R-Tenn.)Matsui, (D-Calif.)Tonko, (D-N.Y.)
    Hurd, (R-Texas)Perlmutter, (D-Colo.)Young, Don (R-Alaska)
    Joyce, (R-Ohio)Peterson, (D-Minn.)
  • Jan. 22, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 16

    Bacon, (R-Neb.)DeFazio, (D-Ore.)Murphy, S. (D-Fla.)
    Blunt Rochester, (D-Del.)Gonzalez-Colon, J. (R-P.R.)Timmons (R-S.C.)
    Brady, K. (R-Texas)Hice, (R-Ga.)Turner, (R-Ohio)
    Brownley, (D-Calif.)Kelly, M. (R-Pa.)Vela, (D-Texas)
    Carter, J. (R-Texas)Mast, (R-Fla.)
    Cooper, (D-Tenn.)Mooney, (R-W.Va.)
  • Jan. 17, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    DeGette, (D-Colo.)Mullin, (R-Okla.)
  • Jan. 16, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 13

    Barr, (R-Ky.)Fitzpatrick, (R-Pa.)Norman, (R-S.C.)
    Bishop, S. (D-Ga.)Johnson, B. (R-Ohio)Norton, (D-D.C.)
    Cole, (R-Okla.)Jones, (R-N.C.)Stefanik, (R-N.Y.)
    Connolly, (D-Va.)Khanna, (D-Calif.)
    Davis, S. (D-Calif.)Kilmer, (D-Wash.)
  • Jan. 15, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Yarmuth, (D-Ky.)
  • Jan. 15, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Armed Services.Congressional Record p. H600