Federal - HR 4635

A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the number of peer-to-peer counselors providing counseling for women veterans, and for other purposes.

Introduced

December 13, 2017

Description

A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the number of peer-to-peer counselors providing counseling for women veterans, and for other purposes.

Our Position

Support

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 27

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  • June 14, 2018 — Received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Congressional Record p. S3950

  • June 13, 2018 — Measure, as amended, passed in the House by voice vote, under suspension of the rules (two-thirds vote required). Congressional Record p. H5138

  • June 13, 2018 — Roe, R-Tenn., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, agreed to by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H5137-H5138

  • May 18, 2018 — Reported to the House amended by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 115-687Congressional Record p. H4241

  • May 8, 2018 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

    May 8, 2018 — Committee Vote: Peer Counseling for Female Veterans — Substitute Amendment
      Coffman, R-Colo. —

    Substitute amendment that would eliminate the requirement that the secretary of Veterans Affairs coordinate education and outreach about the peer counseling services with veterans' employment and training programs administered by the Department of Labor.

    The amendment also would require the secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment, to report to Congress the number of peer support counselors in the peer support counseling program and the effectiveness of the program.

    Substitute amendment that would eliminate the requirement that the secretary of Veterans Affairs coordinate education and outreach about the peer counseling services with veterans' employment and training programs administered by the Department of Labor.

    The amendment also would require the secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment, to report to Congress the number of peer support counselors in the peer support counseling program and the effectiveness of the program.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    May 8, 2018 — Committee Vote: Peer Counseling for Female Veterans — Vote to Report

    Direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs as part of the current counseling program to establish a peer support counseling program for female veterans woman and to the degree practicable, recruit women peer counselors with an expertise in female gender-specific issues and services.

    The bill also would require the secretary to conduct outreach to inform female veterans about the program.

    As amended, it would require the secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment, to report to Congress the number of peer support counselors in the peer support counseling program and the effectiveness of the program.

    It also would specify that the bill would not authorize additional funds to carry out the bill's provisions.

    Direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs as part of the current counseling program to establish a peer support counseling program for female veterans woman and to the degree practicable, recruit women peer counselors with an expertise in female gender-specific issues and services.

    The bill also would require the secretary to conduct outreach to inform female veterans about the program.

    As amended, it would require the secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment, to report to Congress the number of peer support counselors in the peer support counseling program and the effectiveness of the program.

    It also would specify that the bill would not authorize additional funds to carry out the bill's provisions.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) by voice vote.
  • May 3, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Soto, (D-Fla.)
  • April 26, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Bost, (R-Ill.)Deutch, (D-Fla.)Shea-Porter, (D-N.H.)
  • April 23, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Rice, K. (D-N.Y.)
  • April 17, 2018 — Subcommittee hearing held by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health.

  • April 17, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Brownley, (D-Calif.)Kuster, (D-N.H.)Peters, S. (D-Calif.)
  • April 13, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Courtney, (D-Conn.)
  • April 12, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Kilmer, (D-Wash.)
  • April 5, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Gonzalez-Colon, J. (R-P.R.)
  • March 13, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Bilirakis, (R-Fla.)Velazquez, (D-N.Y.)
  • March 6, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Radewagen, (R-A.S.)
  • March 1, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Kind, (D-Wis.)
  • Feb. 27, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Rutherford, (R-Fla.)
  • Feb. 20, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Clarke, Y. (D-N.Y.)O'Rourke, (D-Texas)
  • Feb. 13, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Dingell, (D-Mich.)Moore, (D-Wis.)
  • Feb. 8, 2018 — Companion measure, S 2402, introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

  • Feb. 7, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Bishop, M. (R-Mich.)Poliquin, (R-Maine)
  • Feb. 2, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Himes, (D-Conn.)Lofgren, (D-Calif.)
  • Jan. 18, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Costello, (R-Pa.)
  • Jan. 10, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cole, (R-Okla.)
  • Dec. 13, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Esty, (D-Conn.)
  • Dec. 13, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: House Veterans' Affairs.Congressional Record p. H9900