H.Res. 274: H.R. 1538 – Wounded Warrior Assistance Act of 2007

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday March 27, 2007.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 243-179 on Wednesday March 28, 2007.

MANAGERS: CASTOR/HASTINGS(WA)

110th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES. 274

[Report No. 110-78]

 

 

H.R. 1538 – Wounded Warrior Assistance Act of 2007

  1. Structured rule.
  2. Provides one hour and twenty minutes of general debate, with one hour equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Armed Services and twenty minutes equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
  3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clauses 9 and 10 of Rule XXI.
  4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Armed Services shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.
  5. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  6. Provides that the amendments made in order may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.
  7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except for those arising under clauses 9 and 10 of Rule XXI.
  8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

 

RESOLUTION

            Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1538) to amend title 10, United States Code, to improve the management of medical care, personnel actions, and quality of life issues for members of the Armed Forces who are receiving medical care in an outpatient status, and for other purposes.  The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with.  All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour and 20 minutes, with one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.  After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule.  It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Armed Services now printed in the bill.  The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read.  All points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution.  Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.  All points of order against such amendments are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted.  Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.  The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

Sec. 2.  During consideration in the House of H.R. 1538 pursuant to this resolution, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

1. Barrow (GA):
The amendment eliminates the deductible and changes the method of determining the mileage reimbursement rate under the beneficiary travel program administered by the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs.  The reimbursement rate will be increased to the level at which Government employees are reimbursed for the use of privately owned vehicles on official business. (10 minutes)

2. Skelton (MO):
The amendment would make technical changes in section 101 to clarify the qualification of military officers who may supervise medical care case managers and in section 107 to require that the tracking system for reports to medical authorities regarding wounded warrior symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or suicidal tendencies be developed not later than 180 days after the date of enactment and that the results be included in the Congressional reporting requirement.  (10 minutes)

3. Kline (MN):
This amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to ensure that $10,000,000 is directed to support programs, activities, and facilities associated with the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment program from the Medical Support Fund created by this bill.   (10 minutes)

4. Sestak (PA)/Kennedy, Patrick (RI):
The amendment adds a definition to Sec.2 to clarify that “medical care” includes mental health care.  (10 minutes)

5. Brown, Corinne (FL):
This amendment will ensure confidentiality for members of the military who call the hotline for help.  (10 minutes)

6. Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX):
The amendment strengthens language that professionals' training be "improved" rather than "modified," and it also places greater emphasis on adequate training to detect mental health conditions among recovering service members.   (10 minutes)

7. Kennedy, Patrick (RI)/Sestak (PA):
This amendment would require the Secretary of the Department of Defense to develop and implement a plan to help prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other stress-related psychopathologies (including substance abuse conditions) from developing in our military service members.  In addition, this amendment would establish a new Peer-Reviewed research program within the Defense Health Program’s research and development function to research the prevention of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and how to best strengthen the psychological resiliency of our military service members.  (10 minutes)

8. Hooley (OR):
Amendment would give members of the Reserve Component the option to use Military Medical Treatment Facilities closest to home for treatment on an outpatient basis of injuries sustained in theater.  (10 minutes)

9. Hensarling (TX):
This amendment would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study to determine what the average length of time is between the date for which a veteran requests an appointment and the date he is able to receive care.  This amendment also requires that the Secretary report back to Congress within 180 days with recommendations as to how this time could be decreased to 15 days.  (10 minutes)

10. Bilirakis (FL):
The amendment creates an office of the ombudsman within the Office of the Secretary of Defense which would develop policies for the military departments on providing assistance to recovering service members and their families.  (10 minutes)

11. Buchanan (FL):
The amendment would direct the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress a report on the feasibility of a Soldier Patient Tracking System so any patient can be located in the medical holdover (MHO) process. (10 minutes)

12. Welch (VT):
The amendment requires that the Secretary concerned provide the medical care managers and service member advocates with all the resources they need to expeditiously carry out their work. The amendment would also require the Department of Defense to conduct outreach to inform all service members and their families about the existence of and services available to them by the medical care managers and service member advocates contained in the bill. (10 minutes)

 

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

1. Barrow (GA)

2. Skelton (MO)

3. Kline (MN)

4. Sestak (PA)/Kennedy, Patrick (RI)

5. Brown, Corinne (FL)

6. Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX)

7. Kennedy, Patrick (RI)/Sestak (PA)

8. Hooley (OR)

9. Hensarling (TX)

10. Bilirakis (FL)

11. Buchanan (FL)

12. Welch (VT)