WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) – chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC) – today applauded the Senate passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2020, which passed as part of the Continuing Resolution.
This legislation would extend select authorities within the committee’s jurisdiction into the next fiscal year to ensure a smooth continuation of these programs.
“Thousands of veterans depend on the programs offered by the Department of Veteran Affairs to help combat homelessness, pursue an education and much more,” said Chairman Moran. “This legislation helps these programs seamlessly continue into the next fiscal year to prevent disrupting veterans’ lives, especially during this global pandemic.”
“Veterans deserve to have their government in their corner fighting tooth and nail to provide them with the resources and benefits they’ve earned,” said Ranking Member Tester. “Senate passage of our bipartisan bill sends a clear message that we’re making good on the promises we’ve made to veterans and their families—especially those who are disabled or homeless—by reauthorizing critical programs that will help them transition to civilian life, pursue an education, and lead successful lives even during the COVID-19 crisis.”