Federal - HR 840

Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act

Introduced

January 29, 2019

Description

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide child care assistance to veterans receiving certain medical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Co-Sponsors 22

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  • Feb. 13, 2019Nadler, D-N.Y., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.69, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E173

  • Feb. 13, 2019Nadler, D-N.Y., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.68, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E173

  • Feb. 13, 2019Wenstrup, R-Ohio, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.72, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E169

  • Feb. 13, 2019Wenstrup, R-Ohio, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.75, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E169

  • Feb. 13, 2019Wenstrup, R-Ohio, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.74, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E169

  • Feb. 13, 2019Wenstrup, R-Ohio, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.73, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E169

  • Feb. 13, 2019Lucas, R-Okla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.75, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E167

  • Feb. 13, 2019Lucas, R-Okla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.74, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E167

  • Feb. 13, 2019Lucas, R-Okla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.73, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E167

  • Feb. 13, 2019Lucas, R-Okla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.72, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E167

  • Feb. 11, 2019Watkins, R-Kan., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.75, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E157

  • Feb. 11, 2019Huffman, D-Calif., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.75, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E159

  • Feb. 11, 2019M. Johnson, R-La., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.75, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E158

  • Feb. 11, 2019M. Johnson, R-La., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.74, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E158

  • Feb. 11, 2019Huffman, D-Calif., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.74, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E159

  • Feb. 11, 2019Steube, R-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.75, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E158

  • Feb. 11, 2019Steube, R-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.74, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E158

  • Feb. 11, 2019Steube, R-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.73, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E158

  • Feb. 11, 2019Rutherford, R-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.75, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E159

  • Feb. 11, 2019Rutherford, R-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.74, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E159

  • Feb. 11, 2019Rutherford, R-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.73, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E159

  • Feb. 11, 2019Rutherford, R-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.72, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E159

  • Feb. 11, 2019Huffman, D-Calif., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.72, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. H159

  • Feb. 11, 2019Steube, R-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.72, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. H158

  • Feb. 11, 2019Moore, D-Wis., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.72, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E158

  • Feb. 11, 2019 — Received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. Congressional Record p. S1165

  • Feb. 8, 2019Cleaver, D-Mo., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.69, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E151

  • Feb. 8, 2019Cleaver, D-Mo., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.68, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E151

  • Feb. 8, 2019Foster, D-Ill., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.75, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. H1482

  • Feb. 8, 2019Foster, D-Ill., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.74, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. H1482

  • Feb. 8, 2019Allred, D-Texas, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.75, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. H1481

  • Feb. 8, 2019Allred, D-Texas, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.73, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. H1481

  • Feb. 8, 2019Allred, D-Texas, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.74, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. H1481

  • Feb. 8, 2019Allred, D-Texas, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.72, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. H1481

  • Feb. 8, 2019Fletcher, D-Texas, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.75, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. H1481

  • Feb. 8, 2019House Vote 75 Veterans' Child Care — Passage
    Passage of the bill that would make permanent and expand a Veterans Affairs Department program to all VA medical facilities that provides child care assistance to veterans while they are traveling to and from, and receiving certain VA health care services. Specifically the VA would either provide child care at one of its facilities, or would pay an outside private child care provider. As amended, the bill would include substance- or drug-abuse counseling, and certain physical therapy as care that is covered under the program. Passed 400-9.

  • Feb. 8, 2019House Vote 74 Veterans' Child Care — Recommit
    Barr, R-Ky., motion to recommit the bill to the House Veterans' Affairs Committee with instructions to report back immediately with an amendment that would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from issuing payments to any child care provider that employs an individual who has any of the following charges pending: a sex crime, a violent crime, an offense involving a child victim, a drug-related felony, or any other crime that the VA secretary deems appropriate for exclusion. Motion rejected 200-214.

  • Feb. 8, 2019House Vote 73 Veterans' Child Care — Excluding Certain Child Care Facilities
    Sherrill, D-N.J., amendment that would prohibit any child care provider that employs an individual convicted of a sex crime, a violent crime, or a drug-related felony from providing child care under the provisions of the bill. It would also stipulate that nothing in the amendment supersedes any federal or state law with more restrictive standards for child care employees. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 401-19.

  • Feb. 8, 2019House Vote 72 Veterans' Child Care — Prohibition on New Construction
    Bergman, R-Mich., amendment that would prohibit the use of funds made available for child care assistance under the bill for the purpose of constructing any new child care facility. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 172-246.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Measure passed in the House by roll call vote, 400-9.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Barr, R-Ky., motion to recommit the to the House Veterans' Affairs Committee with instructions to report back immediately with an amendment that would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from issuing payments to any child care provider that employs an individual who has any of the following charges pending: a sex crime, a violent crime, an offense involving a child victim, a drug-related felony, or any other crime that the VA secretary deems appropriate for exclusion, rejected by roll call vote, 200-214.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Bergman, R-Mich., amendment no. 4 that would prohibit the use of funds made available for child care assistance under the bill for the purpose of constructing any new child care facility, rejected by roll call vote, 172-246. Amendment text.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Slotkin, D-Mich., amendment no. 21 that would authorize the Veterans Affairs secretary to consult with the Defense secretary in implementing the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Sherrill, D-N.J., amendment no. 20 that would make veterans receiving counseling or care for sexual trauma through the Veterans Affairs Department eligible for child care assistance program provided under the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Sherrill, D-N.J., amendment no. 19 that would prohibit any child care provider that employs an individual convicted of a sex crime, a violent crime, or a drug-related felony from providing child care under the provisions of the bill. It would also stipulate that nothing in the amendment supersedes any federal or state law with more restrictive standards for child care employees, adopted by roll call vote, 401-19. Amendment text.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Golden, D-Maine, amendment no. 18 that would require the Veterans Affairs secretary to submit to Congress a report on the effectiveness and accessibility of the child care assistance program provided under the bill for eligible veterans living in rural areas, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Golden, D-Maine, amendment no. 17 that would make veterans who receive readjustment counseling services through the Veterans Affairs Department eligible for child care assistance provided under the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Delgado, D-N.Y., amendment no. 16 that would make veterans who receive emergency mental health care services through the Veterans Affairs Department eligible for child care assistance provided under the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Delgado, D-N.Y., amendment no. 15 that would include stipends for extended day programs as part of the child care assistance provided under the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Kuster, D-N.H., amendment no. 14 that would direct the Veterans Affairs secretary to establish criteria for providing child care assistance under the bill designed to ensure access for veterans with unusual burdens, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Moore, D-Wis., amendment no. 13 that would require the Veterans Affairs Department to include in its annual budget request document a report on eligibility, by region, for the child care assistance program provided by the bill, funding available for implementation by region and type of assistance, and recommendations for increasing access, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Sherrill, D-N.J., for Allred, D-Texas, amendment no. 12 that would require the Veterans Affairs Department to coordinate online public notice and outreach efforts to inform eligible veterans of the child care assistance program provided under the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Considered by the House.

  • Feb. 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Cardenas, (D-Calif.)Cohen, (D-Tenn.)
  • Feb. 7, 2019Steube, R-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.68, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. H1418

  • Feb. 7, 2019Steube, R-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.69, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. H1418

  • Feb. 7, 2019Allred, D-Texas, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.69, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. H1418

  • Feb. 7, 2019Allred, D-Texas, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.68, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. H1418

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Cloud, R-Texas, amendment no. 11 that would require the Veterans Affairs Department to submit an annual report to Congress on the processing system for payments to veterans and child care providers under the provisions of the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H1430-H1431

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Sablan, I-N. Marianas, amendment no. 10 that would make veterans receiving remote mental health services through the Veterans Affairs Department eligible for child care assistance program provided under the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H1429-H1430

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Davis, R-Ill., amendment no. 9 that would clarify that any primary caretaker of a child is eligible for the child care assistance program under the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H1428-H1429

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Cisneros, D-Calif., amendment no. 8 that would include health care services related to physical therapy for service-connected disabilities among the health care services for which a child care assistance benefit would apply under the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H1428

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Cisneros, D-Calif., amendment no. 7 that would require the Veterans Affairs Department to submit a report to Congress on the feasibility of expanding the child care assistance program to cover veterans receiving care at non-VA facilities, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H1427-H1428

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Barr, R-Ky., amendment no. 6 that would require the Veterans Affairs Department to submit a report to Congress on the effects of the child care assistance program on access to covered health care among affected veteran populations, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H1426-H1427

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Lee, D-Nev., amendment no. 5 that would clarify that all "Veterans Centers" would be eligible for the child care assistance program under the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H1426

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Bergman, R-Mich., amendment no. 4 that would prohibit the use of funds made available for child care assistance under the bill for the purpose of constructing any new child care facility, pending at recess. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H1424-H1426

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Rose, D-N.Y., amendment no. 3 that would include health care services related to substance- or drug-abuse counseling among the health care services for which a child care assistance program would apply under the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H1424

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Radewagen, R-A.S., amendment no. 2 that would clarify that veterans would only receive the child care benefit while attending, or traveling to and from a covered health care service, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H1423-H1424

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Brindisi, D-N.Y., amendment no. 1 that would clarify that veterans who receive care in community-based outpatient clinics are eligible for the child care assistance program under the bill, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H1422

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Considered by the House. Congressional Record p. H1418-H1431

  • Feb. 7, 2019House Vote 69 Veterans' Child Care and Committee Funding — Rule
    Adoption of the rule (H Res 105) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would make permanent and expand a Veterans Affairs Department program that provides child care assistance to veterans while they are receiving certain VA health care services (HR 840), and that would provide for the automatic agreement in the House to a resolution (H Res 86) that would provide $70,000 for the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and $50,000 for the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to cover expenses through March 31, 2019. It would also provide for motions to suspend the rules through the legislative day of Feb. 15, 2019. Adopted 225-193. Congressional Record p. H1416

  • Feb. 7, 2019House Vote 68 Veterans' Child Care and Committee Funding — Previous Question
    Morelle, D-N.Y., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 105) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would make permanent and expand a Veterans Affairs Department program that provides child care assistance to veterans while they are receiving certain VA health care services (HR 840), and that would provide for the automatic agreement in the House to a resolution (H Res 86) that would provide $70,000 for the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and $50,000 for the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to cover expenses through March 31, 2019. It would also provide for motions to suspend the rules through the legislative day of Feb. 15, 2019. Motion agreed to 227-189. Congressional Record p. H1403, H1415-H1416

  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Horsford, (D-Nev.)Luria, (D-Va.)Rouda, (D-Calif.)
  • Feb. 6, 2019 — Rules Committee resolution, H Res 105, reported to the House as a rule for HR 840.

  • Feb. 6, 2019 — House Rules Committee granted a structured rule providing for consideration of the bill. Congressional Record p. H1388

  • Feb. 6, 2019 — Full committee proceeding held by the House Rules Committee.

  • Feb. 6, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 13

    Carbajal, (D-Calif.)Kilmer, (D-Wash.)Rose, (D-N.Y.)
    Cisneros, (D-Calif.)Kuster, (D-N.H.)Van Drew, (D-N.J.)
    Courtney, (D-Conn.)Malinowski, (D-N.J.)Vela, (D-Texas)
    Houlahan, (D-Pa.)Moore, (D-Wis.)
    Jackson Lee, (D-Texas)Raskin, (D-Md.)
  • Jan. 30, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Clarke, Y. (D-N.Y.)Hill, (D-Calif.)Norton, (D-D.C.)
  • Jan. 29, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Higgins, B. (D-N.Y.)
  • Jan. 29, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Veterans' Affairs.Congressional Record p. H1282