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Text of the American Heroes COLA Act

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 21, 2013 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of May 17, 2013 (Reported by House Committee).

This is not the latest text of this bill.

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Union Calendar No. 37

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 570

[Report No. 113–62]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2013

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

May 17, 2013

Additional sponsors: Mr. LoBiondo, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. O'Rourke, Mr. Takano, Ms. Schwartz, Mr. Walz, Mrs. Negrete McLeod, Mr. Enyart, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Griffin of Arkansas, Mr. Rahall, Mr. Bridenstine, Mr. Lance, Mr. Amodei, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Ross, Mr. Nugent, Mr. Stivers, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. McNerney, Mr. Cole, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Barber, Mr. Peters of California, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Mr. Courtney, Mrs. Roby, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Ruiz, Mr. Gallego, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Loebsack, and Mr. Barletta

May 17, 2013

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for annual cost-of-living adjustments to be made automatically by law each year in the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain service-connected disabled veterans.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the American Heroes COLA Act .

2.

Automatic annual increase in rates of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation

(a)

Indexing to social security increases

Section 5312 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(d)
(1)

Whenever there is an increase in benefit amounts payable under title II of the Social Security Act ( 42 U.S.C. 401 et seq. ) as a result of a determination made under section 215(i) of such Act ( 42 U.S.C. 415(i) ), the Secretary shall, effective on the date of such increase in benefit amounts, increase the dollar amounts in effect for the payment of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation by the Secretary, as specified in paragraph (2), as such amounts were in effect immediately before the date of such increase in benefit amounts payable under title II of the Social Security Act, by the same percentage as the percentage by which such benefit amounts are increased.

(2)

The dollar amounts to be increased pursuant to paragraph (1) are the following:

(A)

Wartime disability compensation

Each of the dollar amounts in effect under section 1114 of this title.

(B)

Additional compensation for dependents

Each of the dollar amounts in effect under section 1115(1) of this title.

(C)

Clothing allowance

The dollar amount in effect under section 1162 of this title.

(D)

Dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouse

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

(E)

Dependency and indemnity compensation to children

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

(3)

Whenever there is an increase under paragraph (1) in amounts in effect for the payment of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation, the Secretary shall publish such amounts, as increased pursuant to such paragraph, in the Federal Register at the same time as the material required by section 215(i)(2)(D) of the Social Security Act ( 42 U.S.C. 415(i)(2)(D) ) is published by reason of a determination under section 215(i) of such Act ( 42 U.S.C. 415(i) ).

(4)

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

(5)

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 this title.

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(b)

Effective date

Subsection (d) of section 5312 of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a) of this section, shall take effect on December 1, 2014.

May 17, 2013

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed