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H.R. 2147 (115th): Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 2147 requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire at least 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists at eligible VA medical centers to ensure veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system have greater access to Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs).

The Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act builds upon an existing and successful program created by the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009. The Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) program operates through VA Medical Centers in every state and provides timely services to veterans involved with the criminal justice system.

The program relies on VJO specialists, who are licensed social workers. The presiding judge of a Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) works alongside the veteran and the VJO specialist to establish a structured rehabilitation program tailored to the unique needs ...

Sponsor and status

Mike Coffman

Sponsor. Representative for Colorado's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 28, 2018
Length: 4 pages
Apr 26, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 17, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on September 17, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-240

53 Cosponsors (33 Democrats, 20 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senate Passes Coffman’s Bill for Veterans’
    — Rep. Mike Coffman [R-CO6, 2009-2018] (Sponsor) on Aug 23, 2018

TURNER Continues to Combat Opioid Epidemic
    — Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH10] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 15, 2018

    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] on Jun 18, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2147 will add $1 million in new spending through 2023.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 946: Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018

Passed Senate (House next) on Feb 15, 2018. 83% incorporated. (compare text)


Apr 26, 2017

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Sep 26, 2017
Considered by Health

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May 8, 2018
Ordered Reported

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May 18, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Jun 13, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Aug 22, 2018
Passed Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 17, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 2147 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2147. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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