H.R. 1407 (112th): Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of May 20, 2011 (Reported by House Committee).

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Union Calendar No. 43

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1407

[Report No. 112–82]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 6, 2011

(for himself and Mr. Stutzman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

May 20, 2011

Additional sponsors: Mr. LoBiondo, Mr. Michaud, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Grimm, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Braley of Iowa, and Mrs. Ellmers

May 20, 2011

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic


A BILL

To increase, effective as of December 1, 2011, 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.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011.

2.

Increase in rates of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation

(a)

Rate adjustment

Effective on December 1, 2011, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall increase, in accordance with subsection (c), the dollar amounts in effect on November 30, 2011, for the payment of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation under the provisions specified in subsection (b).

(b)

Amounts To be increased

The dollar amounts to be increased pursuant to subsection (a) are the following:

(1)

Wartime disability compensation

Each of the dollar amounts under section 1114 of title 38, United States Code.

(2)

Additional compensation for dependents

Each of the dollar amounts under section 1115(1) of such title.

(3)

Clothing allowance

The dollar amount under section 1162 of such title.

(4)

Dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouse

Each of the dollar amounts under subsections (a) through (d) of section 1311 of such title.

(5)

Dependency and indemnity compensation to children

Each of the dollar amounts under sections 1313(a) and 1314 of such title.

(c)

Determination of Increase

(1)

Percentage

Except as provided in paragraph (2), each dollar amount described in subsection (b) shall be increased by the same percentage as the percentage by which benefit amounts payable under title II of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 401 et seq.) are increased effective December 1, 2010, as a result of a determination under section 215(i) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415(i)).

(2)

Rounding

Each dollar amount increased under paragraph (1), if not a whole dollar amount, shall be rounded to the next lower whole dollar amount.

(d)

Special rule

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may adjust administratively, consistent with the increases made under subsection (a), the rates of disability compensation payable to persons under section 10 of Public Law 85–857 (72 Stat. 1263) who have not received compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code.

3.

Publication of adjusted rates

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall publish in the Federal Register the amounts specified in section 2(b), as increased under that section, not later than the date on which the matters specified in section 215(i)(2)(D) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 415(i)(2)(D)) are required to be published by reason of a determination made under section 215(i) of such Act during fiscal year 2012.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011.

2.

Increase in rates of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation

(a)

Rate adjustment

Effective on December 1, 2011, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall increase, in accordance with subsection (c), the dollar amounts in effect on November 30, 2011, for the payment of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation under the provisions specified in subsection (b).

(b)

Amounts To be increased

The dollar amounts to be increased pursuant to subsection (a) are the following:

(1)

Wartime disability compensation

Each of the dollar amounts under section 1114 of title 38, United States Code.

(2)

Additional compensation for dependents

Each of the dollar amounts under section 1115(1) of such title.

(3)

Clothing allowance

The dollar amount under section 1162 of such title.

(4)

Dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouse

Each of the dollar amounts under subsections (a) through (d) of section 1311 of such title.

(5)

Dependency and indemnity compensation to children

Each of the dollar amounts under sections 1313(a) and 1314 of such title.

(c)

Determination of Increase

(1)

Percentage

Except as provided in paragraph (2), each dollar amount described in subsection (b) shall be increased by the same percentage as the percentage by which benefit amounts payable under title II of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 401 et seq.) are increased effective December 1, 2011, as a result of a determination under section 215(i) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415(i)).

(2)

Rounding

Each dollar amount increased under paragraph (1), if not a whole dollar amount, shall be rounded to the next lower whole dollar amount.

(d)

Special rule

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may adjust administratively, consistent with the increases made under subsection (a), the rates of disability compensation payable to persons under section 10 of Public Law 85–857 (72 Stat. 1263) who have not received compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code.

3.

Publication of adjusted rates

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall publish in the Federal Register the amounts specified in section 2(b), as increased under that section, not later than the date on which the matters specified in section 215(i)(2)(D) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 415(i)(2)(D)) are required to be published by reason of a determination made under section 215(i) of such Act during fiscal year 2012.

4.

Extension of authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide specially adapted housing assistance to individuals residing temporarily in housing owned by a family member

(a)

Short title

This section may be cited as the Andrew Connolly Veterans' Housing Act.

(b)

Extension

Section 2102A(e) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking December 31, 2011 and inserting December 31, 2016.

May 20, 2011

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed