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H.R. 3122 (115th): Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 3122, as amended, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to post notice on its website about dishonest individuals who prey on those who receive pension benefits with regular aid and attendance (A&A;), and are at risk of financial exploitation. Additionally, the bill requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study and report to Congress on how to better protect vulnerable veterans from fraud and abuse.

The VA’s A&A; program provides some low-income veterans who qualify for a VA pension with a modest supplemental benefit to help pay for assisted living or in-home personal care. While the application process for these benefits is free, there have been reports of scam artists targeting and taking advantage of veterans receiving these benefits.

Sponsor and status

Matthew “Matt” Cartwright

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 17, 2018
Length: 2 pages
Jun 29, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 9, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on March 9, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-131

6 Cosponsors (4 Democrats, 2 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

President Trump Signs Cartwright Bill to Protect Veterans from Scams
    — Rep. Matthew “Matt” Cartwright [D-PA8] (Sponsor) on Mar 9, 2018

House Passes Four Shea-Porter Cosponsored Veterans Bills
    — Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1, 2017-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 7, 2017

Cramer: house ensures va reform with passage of legislation
    — Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND] on Nov 10, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 3122 will add $1 million in new spending.


Jun 29, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Sep 13, 2017
Considered by Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Oct 12, 2017
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Nov 6, 2017
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.

Nov 6, 2017
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.

Feb 15, 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.

Mar 9, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 3122 (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. 3122. 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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