Pending Legislation

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Time: 02:15 PM Location: Russell Senate Office Building SR-418

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Agenda

Panel I

 

Sloan D. Gibson, Deputy Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs

Accompanied by:

Laura Eskenazi, Executive in Charge and Vice Chairman, Board of Veterans’ Appeals 

David McLenachen, Deputy Under Secretary for Disability Assistance, Veterans Benefits Administration

Baligh Yehia, M.D., Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care, Veterans Health Administration

Michael H. Michaud, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans Employment and Training, Department of Labor

Accompanied by:

Patricia Shiu, Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program

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 Panel II

 

Carlos Fuentes, Senior Legislative Associate, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Lou Celli, National Director, Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, The American Legion

Adrian Atizado, Deputy National Legislative Director, Disabled American Veterans

Carl Blake, Associate Executive Director, Government Relations, Paralyzed Veterans of America

Diane Boyd Rauber, Executive Director, National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates

Jerome Ensminger, Master Sergeant (Ret.), United States Marine Corps

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Agenda Items

S. 2919 (Toomey), State Outreach for Local Veterans Employment (SOLVE) Act of 2016, a bill to provide greater flexibility to States in carrying out the Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program and employing local veterans’ employment representatives.

S. 2896 (McCain/Tillis), Care Veterans Deserve Act of 2016, a bill to eliminate the sunset date for the Veterans Choice Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to expand eligibility for such program, and to extend certain operating hours for pharmacies and medical facilities of the Department.

S. 2888 (Burr/Tillis), Janey Ensminger Act of 2016, a bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s review and publication of illness and conditions relating to veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and their family members. 

S. 2883 (Brown/Murray/Sanders), Appropriate Care for Disabled Veterans Act of 2016, a bill to extend the requirement of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report on the capacity of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide for the specialized treatment and rehabilitative needs of disabled veterans.

S. 2679 (Klobuchar/Tillis/Rounds), Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act, a bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a center of excellence in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions relating to exposure to burn pits.

S. 2520 (Klobuchar/Tillis), Newborn Care Improvement Act, a bill to improve the care provided by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to newborn children.

S. 2487 (Boxer/Blumenthal/Brown/Hirono/Tester/Tillis), Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act, a bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to identify mental health care and suicide prevention programs and metrics that are effective in treating women veterans as part of the evaluation of such programs by the Secretary.

S. 2049 (Brown), a bill to establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a continuing medical education program for non-Department medical professionals who treat veterans and family members of veterans to increase knowledge and recognition of medical conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans.

S. ____ (Blumenthal), a bill to reform the rights and processes relating to appeals of decisions regarding claims for benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

S. ____ (Moran), Veterans Mobility Safety Act of 2016, a bill to make certain improvements in the provision of automobiles and adaptive equipment by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

S. ____ (Moran), a bill to expand eligibility for hospital care and medical services under section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to include veterans in receipt of health services under the pilot program of the Department of Veterans Affairs for rural veterans.

Discussion draft, including provisions from the Construction Reform Act of 2016, a bill to make certain improvements in the administration of Department medical facility construction projects.

Discussion draft, including Department of Veterans Affairs proposal to modify requirements under which the Department is required to provide compensation and pension examinations to veterans seeking disability benefits.

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Witnesses

  1. Honorable Sloan D. Gibson
    Deputy Secretary
    Department of Veterans Affairs
  2. Honorable Michael H. Michaud
    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans Employment and Training
    Department of Labor
  3. Mr. Carlos Fuentes
    National Legislative Director
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
  4. Mr. Lou Celli
    Director, National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division
    The American Legion
  5. Adrian Atizado
    Deputy National Legislative Director
    Disabled American Veterans
  6. Mr. Carl Blake
    Associate Executive Director, Government Relations
    Paralyzed Veterans of America
  7. Ms. Diane Boyd Rauber
    Executive Director
    National Organization of Veterans' Advocates
  8. Mr. Jerome Ensminger
    Master Sergeant (Ret.)
    United States Marine Corps

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