The veterans in the For Country Caucus had a busy month working on the National Defense Authorization Act!
June Legislative Updates
H.R. 2609 the DHS Acquisition Review Board Act of 2019. This bill requires the DHS to establish an Acquisition Review Board to strengthen accountability and uniformity within the DHS acquisition review process, review major acquisition programs, and review the use of best practices.
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Crenshaw; passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and received in the Senate where it has been referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
H.R. 2941 the Servicewomen's Health Transition Training Act of 2019. This bill directs the Secretary of Defense and the Secretaries of the military departments to encourage female members who separate or retire from the Armed Forces during fiscal year 2020 to participate in the Women’s Health Transition Training pilot program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sponsored by Rep. Chrissy Houlahan and Rep. Gil Cisneros; the bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
H.R. 3276 the Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act. This bill amends the Social Security Act to exclude authorized generic drugs from calculation of the average manufacturer price for purposes of the Medicaid drug rebate program. This bipartisan legislation would close a loophole that costs taxpayers up to $600 million each year.
Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger; was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives as part of H.R. 3253.
The IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act. This bill would fundamentally enhance coordination and planning of veteran mental health and suicide prevention services and would develop measurement tools to track the effectiveness of these community-level programs in order to address the suicide crisis and its impact on veterans.
Sponsored by Rep. Chrissy Houlahan
The National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Month. This bill reduces the stigma that prevents veterans and service members from seeking mental health care. The bill designates June as National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness month and June 27th as National PTSI Awareness Day.
Sponsored by Rep. Brian Mast
H.R. 3070 the CAPABILITY Act of 2019. This bill would amend the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to establish a demonstration program to assist transition-aged youth with covered disabilities in obtaining customized, competitive integrated employment.
Sponsored by Rep. Seth Moulton
H.R. 3116 the State Flexibility for Family First Transitions Act. This bill provides states with the option to extend by two years a child-welfare demonstration project scheduled to end in FY2019.
Sponsored by Rep. Don Bacon and Rep, Greg Steube
H.R. 3153 the EFFORT ACT. This bill directs the Director of the National Science Foundation to support research on opioid addiction.
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Baird; passed unanimously through the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
H.R. 3161 the National Oceanographic Partnership Program Reauthorization Act. This bill reauthorizes the National Oceanographic Partnership Program.
Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta, Rep. Jason Crow, and Rep. Gil Cisneros
H.R. 3185 the Defense Language Improvement Act. This bill authorizes the Defense Language Institute to award a Bachelor of Arts degree in a foreign language.
Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta
H.R. 3186 the U.S.-Israel Indirect Fire Protection Act of 2019. This bill would authorize the Secretary of the Army to procure two Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system batteries.
Sponsored by Rep. Mikie Sherrill
H.R. 3206 the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act of 2019. This bill would impose sanctions on the provision of certain vessels for the construction of Russian energy export pipelines.
Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger
H.R. 3246 the Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019. This bill would provide more certainty and protections to parents traveling with baby supplies such as breast milk and formula.
Sponsored by Rep. Van Taylor
H.R. 3306 the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act. This bill would direct the Secretary of Energy to establish advanced nuclear goals, provide for a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source, make available high-assay, low-enriched uranium for research, development, and demonstration of advanced nuclear reactor concepts.
Sponsored by Rep. Elaine Luria and Rep. Conor Lamb
H.R. 3508 the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act. To impose sanctions with respect to the People's Republic of China in relation to activities it he South China Sea and the East China Sea.
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher and Rep. Jimmy Panetta