Pending Legislation

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Time: 02:30 PM Location: Russell Senate Office Building SR-418

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Agenda

WITNESS LIST

Panel I

 

David McLenachen, Deputy Under Secretary for Disability Assistance, Veterans Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Accompanied by:

Dr. Maureen McCarthy, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Patient Care Services, Veterans Health Administration

 

Panel II

 

Roscoe Butler, Deputy Director of Health Care, National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division, The American Legion

Carlos Fuentes, Deputy Director, National Legislative Service, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Rick Weidman, Executive Director for Policy and Government Affairs, Vietnam Veterans of America

Kevin Ziober, member of the Reserve Component

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S. 244 (Tester), a bill to require an independent comprehensive review of the process by which the Department of Veterans Affairs assesses cognitive impairments that result from traumatic brain injury for purposes of awarding disability compensation, and for other purposes.

S. 603 (Tester/Murray), Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act of 2015, a bill to make permanent the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to transport individuals to and from facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs in connection with rehabilitation, counseling, examination, treatment, and care, and for other purposes.

S. 2210 (Blumenthal), Veteran PEER Act, a bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program to establish peer specialists in patient aligned care teams at medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

S. 2279 (Merkley/Brown/Murray/Rounds/Tester/Tillis), Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act, a bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program to increase efficiency in the recruitment and hiring by the Department of Veterans Affairs of health care workers that are undergoing separation from the Armed Forces, to create uniform credentialing standards for certain health care professionals of the Department, and for other purposes.

S. 2316 (Blumenthal/Moran/Brown), a bill to expand the requirements for reissuance of veterans benefits in cases of misuse of benefits by certain fiduciaries to include misuse by all fiduciaries, to improve oversight of fiduciaries, and for other purposes.

S. 2791 (Franken/Tillis), Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act, a bill to provide for the treatment of veterans who participated in the cleanup of Enewetak Atoll as radiation exposed veterans for purposes of the presumption of service-connection of certain disabilities by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  

S. 2958 (Fischer), a bill to establish a pilot program on partnership agreements to construct new facilities for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

S. 3021 (Inhofe), a bill to authorize the use of Post-9/11 Educational Assistance to pursue independent study programs at certain educational institutions that are not institutions of higher learning.

S. 3023 (McCaskill), The Arla Harrell Act, a bill to provide for the reconsideration of claims for disability compensation for veterans who were the subjects of experiments by the Department of Defense during World War II that were conducted to assess the effects of mustard gas or lewisite on people, and for other purposes.

S. 3032 (Isakson/Blumenthal), Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2016, a bill to provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2016, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

S. 3035 (Heller/Tester), Maximizing Efficiency and Improving Access to Providers at the Department of Veterans Affairs Act of 2016, a bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to increase the use of medical scribes to maximize the efficiency of physicians at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

S. 3055 (Burr/Tester), Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016, a bill to provide a dental insurance plan to veterans and survivors and dependents of veterans.

S. 3076 (Cotton), Charles Duncan Buried with Honor Act of 2016, a bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish caskets and urns for burial in cemeteries of States and tribal organizations of veterans without next of kin or sufficient resources to provide for caskets or urns, and for other purposes.

S. 3081 (Cassidy), Working to Integrate Networks Guaranteeing Member Access Now Act, a bill to provide certain employees of members of Congress with access to case-tracking information of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

S. ____ (Blumenthal), a bill to clarify the scope of procedural rights of members of the uniformed services with respect to their employment and reemployment rights, to improve the enforcement of such employment and reemployment rights, and for other purposes.

S. ____ (Tester), a bill to expand eligibility for readjustment counseling to certain members of the Selected Reserve of the Armed Forces.

S. ____ (Sullivan), a bill to authorize payment by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the costs associated with service by medical residents and interns at facilities operated by Indian tribes and tribal organizations, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to expand medical residencies and internships at such facilities, and for other purposes.

Discussion Draft to authorize the American Battle Monuments Commission to acquire, operate, and maintain the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial in Marnes-la-Coquette, France.

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Member Statements

  1. Senator Patty Murray ( D - WA)
  2. Senator James M. Inhofe ( R - OK)
  3. Senator Claire McCaskill ( D - MO)
  4. Senator Deb Fischer ( R - NE)

Witnesses

  1. Mr. David R. McLenachen
    Deputy Under Secretary for Disability Assistance
    Department of Veterans Affairs
  2. Mr. Roscoe Butler
    Deputy Director of Health Care, National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Divsion
    The American Legion
  3. Mr. Carlos Fuentes
    National Legislative Director
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
  4. Mr. Rick Weidman
    Executive Director for Policy and Government Affairs
    Vietnam Veterans of America
  5. Mr. Kevin Ziober
    Costa Mesa, CA

Disability Access

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service should contact the committee clerk at (202) 224-9126 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.