Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for Division C of H.R. 5895 - Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Listed in Alphabetical Order

June 6, 2018 3:04 PM

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Barr (KY)

#46

LATE REVISED Transfer $5 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration’s (VHA) Medical Community Care Account to the Medical Services Account for the explicit use for the VA’s Adaptive Sports Grant (ASG) program, equine assisted therapy.

Blumenauer (OR), Correa (CA)

#28

REVISED Prohibits funds from being used by the Department of Veterans Affairs to deny VHA benefits to veterans, their dependents, and their survivors if they use marijuana in compliance with state law.

Blumenauer (OR), Amash (MI), Lee, Barbara (CA), Curbelo (FL), Crowley (NY), Gaetz (FL), Titus (NV), Jones (NC), Cohen (TN), McClintock (CA), Correa (CA), Reed (NY), Perlmutter (CO), Rohrabacher (CA), Pocan (WI), Young, Don (AK), DeFazio (OR), Sanford (SC)

#37

Prohibits funds from being used to limit or interfere with the ability of VA healthcare providers to make appropriate recommendations, fill out forms, or take steps to comply with a medicinal marijuana program approved by a state.

Budd (NC)

#48

LATE WITHDRAWN Defunds an Obama administration executive order that requires federal agencies to make use project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost.

Carbajal (CA)

#10

REVISED Provides $8 million for the Veterans Transportation Program to assist veterans in attending to all their medical appointments in a timely manner.

Carbajal (CA)

#11

Directs the Secretary to change the phone system to have local Community Based Outpatient Center answer calls rather than having all calls routed to the major VA Medical Centers in an effort to reduce wait times for veterans on the phone and to provide more timely health services.

Carter, John  (TX)

#57

LATE Provides $1,138,000,000 in fiscal year 2019 for programs and activities authorized under the VA Mission Act of 2018, including the new Veterans Community Care Program and the Family Caregivers Program. The funding level is equal to the CBO estimate for FY19 costs of the VA Mission Act.

Castro (TX), Gabbard (HI)

#16

Requires the VA Secretary to authorize a family member to participate in the Burn Pit Registry on behalf of a deceased veteran or member of the Armed Forces who is otherwise eligible to participate.

Cohen (TN)

#6

REVISED Prohibits the use of funds to enter into any new contract, grant, or cooperative agreement with any Trump related businesses listed on the Trump Organization’s website. The specific properties are listed in the amendment.

Cohen (TN)

#7

REVISED Prohibits the use of funds to enter into any new contract, grant, or cooperative agreement with any Trump related business listed in the President Trump’s Annual Financial Disclosure Report submitted to the Office of Government Ethics. The specific properties are listed in the amendment.

Connolly (VA), Norton (DC)

#27

Ensures sufficient funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General to provide rigorous oversight of the Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Connolly (VA)

#29

Prohibits the use of funds to house children forcibly separated from their families by the U.S. government at U.S. military installations.

Correa (CA)

#38

LATE Prohibit funds to be used by the Secretary of Defense to assist the Department of Homeland Security to hold or detain children on Department of Defense facilities on the basis of immigration unless the Department of Defense meets child welfare standards as prescribed by current federal law and only in case of emergencies.

Crist (FL), Blumenauer (OR)

#14

REVISED Forbids the VA from discriminating against veterans who use cannabis consistent with the laws of their state.

Culberson (TX)

#15

WITHDRAWN Clarifies a Corps of Engineers construction provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to include eligible reimbursements to the non-Federal sponsor for construction completed or ongoing as of the date of passage of the Act.

DeSaulnier (CA), Gallego (AZ)

#34

REVISED Prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs from taking back hard earned separation payments made to service members who receive disability payments for injuries incurred while serving their country.

Eshoo (CA)

#3

REVISED States that none of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Army to convey the 17.1 acres of land and the 126 existing housing units known as Shenandoah Square in Mountain View, California.

Flores (TX)

#55

LATE Directs the Department of Veterans Affairs not to relocate a Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Residential Rehabilitation Program (PRRP).

Flores (TX)

#56

LATE Directs the Department of Veterans Affairs not to alter an existing cooperative arrangement with a Medical School established under 38 U.S.C. 82.

Gomez, Jimmy (CA)

#13

Raises the minimum wage standard for full-time or 3/4-time students within the Federal Work Study program under the GI Bill.

Issa (CA), Roybal-Allard (CA)

#18

WITHDRAWN Carries out a demonstration program to test a payment and service delivery model through which a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center refers veterans, with their consent, to receive medical services at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

Jackson Lee (TX)

#49

LATE Increases the amount of funding for Supportive Services for Veterans Families by $2 million offset by a reduction of a $2.5 million in the funding for the V A's information Technology Systems.

Jackson Lee (TX)

#50

LATE Prohibits the use of funds in contravention of the U.S. Code regarding benefits for homeless veterans in training and outreach programs.

Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX)

#2

Requires the VA to report on how many delinquent payments by the VA to vendors and contractors there are and the total amount of money.

Johnson (OH)

#19

Calls on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a standard of hospice care tailored to the unique needs of combat veterans, including Vietnam-era veterans.

Keating (MA)

#35

REVISED Allocates funding for the VA to create an opioid abuse healthcare kit for community healthcare providers.

Keating (MA)

#36

Allocates funding for administrative costs at the VA to ensure providers at VA health facilities complete a continuing medication course in pain management.

Kildee (MI)

#30

Creates a funding carve-out for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment account.

Kildee (MI)

#31

Increases funding for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment programs and decrease funding for the Construction, Major Projects account.

Kildee (MI)

#32

Increases funding in the BRAC account to ensure there is sufficient funding to prevent further contamination of PFAS at former-Wurtsmith AFB.

Kildee (MI), Dingell (MI)

#33

Prohibits the DoD from using funds in contradiction of Sec. 121(d) of CERCLA which requires the federal government to abide by state laws for cleanup of contaminants in the absence of federal law for that contaminant.

Kildee (MI)

#45

LATE Adds $2,000,000 to the Veterans' health account with the intent to increase funding for veterans' suicide prevention.

King, Steve (IA)

#44

LATE Provides a sense of Congress that the Secretary for Veterans Affairs ensure that our nation's veterans should have wheel chairs furnished to them to meet their whole health needs.

Krishnamoorthi (IL)

#47

LATE Calls for contracting preference for companies that offer on-site childcare for Division C.

Lieu (CA)

#17

REVISED Prohibits the use of funds to enter into contracts, grants, or agreements with properties associated with the Trump Organization, enumerated in the amendment to Division C.

Lowey (NY)

#4

Preserves the Bipartisan Budget Act deal and prevents cuts to VA programs. Holds the non-defense discretionary caps for VA negotiated under the Bipartisan Budget Act harmless when funding for the Veterans Choice Program is transferred from mandatory to discretionary accounts.

Lujan Grisham (NM)

#8

Amends the criteria for temporary disability ratings to include veterans who file a claim for disability compensation. While waiting for a disability rating the veteran is given access to VA medical services and included in tier 3 of VA patient enrollment.

Lujan Grisham (NM)

#9

Directs the Secretary of the VA to assign an independent federal Health Monitor to underperforming medical centers that receive fewer than three stars in the end-of-year relative performance star rating.

McSally (AZ), Hice, Jody (GA), Arrington (TX), Gosar (AZ)

#51

LATE Prohibits funds made available by the Military Construction/VA Division of this bill from being used in contravention of EO 13837 entitled “Ensuring Transparency, Accountability, and Efficiency in Taxpayer-Funded Union Time Use” which limits the amount of “official time” federal employees can devote to union duties to no more than 25%.

McSally (AZ)

#58

LATE Mandates that no less than $225,000,000 may be appropriated for VA mental health and suicide prevention programs.

O'Halleran (AZ)

#43

LATE Prohibits any changes to the individual unemployability program on the basis of age.

Peters, Scott (CA)

#54

LATE REVISED Prohibits funds from being transferred from programs supporting veteran homelessness services.

Ratcliffe (TX)

#1

Prohibits funds from being used to propose, plan, or execute a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

Renacci (OH)

#52

LATE WITHDRAWN Ensures that Battlefield Crosses are able to be displayed at national cemeteries

Rice, Kathleen (NY), Esty (CT)

#53

LATE Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs should change the motto of the Department of Veterans Affairs to be more inclusive.

Rosen (NV)

#12

REVISED Amends Division C to prohibit agencies from obligating or expending funds appropriated if such funds constitute an earmark.

Rosen (NV)

#39

LATE REVISED Increases funding for veterans’ homelessness assistance programs including Supportive Services to Veteran Families by $1,000,000, and decreases the General Administration account by the corresponding amount.

Rosen (NV)

#40

LATE REVISED Increases funding for VA opioid treatment and prevention by $1,000,000, and decreases the General Administration account by the corresponding amount.

Rosen (NV)

#41

LATE REVISED Increases funding for the VA Office of Rural Health by $1,000,000, and decreases the General Administration account by the corresponding amount.

Rosen (NV)

#42

LATE REVISED Increases funding for veterans suicide prevention outreach by $1,000,000, and decreases the General Administration account by the corresponding amount.

Ruiz (CA)

#20

WITHDRAWN Increases funding for VA Medical Services account to conduct educational outreach to veterans to enroll in the burn pits registry, additional research using the registry, and other activities concerning the maintenance of registry.

Ruiz (CA), Welch (VT)

#21

Increases funding to VA Medical Services account from VA Medical Services account to conduct educational outreach to veterans to enroll in the burn pits registry, additional research using the registry, and other activities concerning the maintenance of registry.

Takano (CA), Barragán,  (CA), Gonzalez, Vicente (TX)

#23

Addresses the inability of deported veterans, or veterans traveling or living abroad, to effectively access the Veterans' Crisis Line.

Tipton (CO)

#22

Authorizes private cemeteries to request grave markers for veterans of World War I if any next of kin cannot be identified.

Torres (CA)

#5

Directs the Secretary to use the DOD Base Closure Account to make funding available for the purposes of demolishing facilities closed by prior BRAC rounds.

Walberg (MI), Rutherford (FL)

#26

REVISED Prevents funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce a proposed rule by the VA to limit an injured or amputee veteran’s ability to choose a prosthetist or orthotist who meets his or her needs whether employed by the VA or on contract with the VA.

Welch (VT), Ruiz (CA)

#24

REVISED Provides $5 million to better assist veterans exposed to burn pits by improving the existing registry and increasing clinical research on burn pit exposure. Decreases the Community Care account by the same amount.

Welch (VT)

#25

REVISED Reduces funds for the FY20 Community Care account by $50,000 and increases the FY20 Medical Services account by the same amount. This money would be directed to fund a study on the prescription drug prices paid by the VA, as well as patient satisfaction with each program.