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Vets Bills Sails Through House

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WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) this week backed two major bills concerning our Nation’s veterans.  One measure (H.R. 1994) holds the Veterans Administration accountable for numerous failures and the second (H.R. 675) boosts the cost-of-living adjustment for compensation that countless veterans rely on.  

“Too little had been done to remove employees responsible for wrongdoing at the Veterans Administration and taxpayers have been footing the bill for poor care of our veterans.  Terminations and accountability have been held up by red-tape and bureaucratic delays for far too long.  H.R. 1994 is about improving care and ensuring the those who fail our Nation’s veterans face immediate dismissal,” said Lance after the vote.   

 

H.R. 1994, the V.A. Accountability Act, provides the Secretary of Veterans Affairs flexibility to remove V.A. employees for performance or misconduct, adds protections for whistleblowers and increases accountability and performance measures.  The second measure Lance backed, H.R. 675, the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the rates of veterans' disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children.  Unlike Social Security recipients, the veterans’ COLA requires Congressional action each year.

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Lance continued, “Our Nation counted on the service of veterans and now they count on us to ensure the compensation promised to them.  H.R. 675 provides for a boost in disability compensation, support for surviving spouses and families and additional funds to meet everyday needs.” 

Both measures now head to the United States Senate.

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