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H.R. 6398 (115th): Department of Energy Veterans’ Health Initiative Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 6398 authorizes the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct collaborative research with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in order to solve complex, big data challenges focused on veterans’ health care. The bill also authorizes a two-year, $52 million cross-cutting basic research pilot program to advance artificial intelligence, data analytics, and computational science in order to meet nuclear security, energy, and science mission goals.

Currently, DOE and the VA collaborate through the “Million Veterans Program–Computational Health Analytics for Medical Precision to Improve Outcomes Now,” or MVP-CHAMPION program. This partnership combines DOE’s secure, high performance computing capabilities with the VA’s broad data on genomic and health care data from veterans.

This legislation authorizes the continuation of this important DOE-VA partnership, and allows use of DOE’s world-leading computing capability to provide …

Sponsor and status

Ralph Norman

Sponsor. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 26, 2018
Length: 9 pages
Jul 17, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 25, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


20 Cosponsors (18 Republicans, 2 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

House Passes Congressman Norman’s Bill to Improve Veterans’ Services Through Big Data
    — Rep. Ralph Norman [R-SC5] (Sponsor) on Sep 27, 2018

Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Legislation To Help Improve Veterans’ Health Care
    — Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM] on Nov 28, 2018

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Help Improve Veterans Health Care
    — Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA] on Nov 27, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 6398 will add $76 million in new spending through 2023.


Jul 17, 2018

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Jul 18, 2018
Ordered Reported

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Sep 25, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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Sep 25, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

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Nov 29, 2018
Considered by Energy

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H.R. 6398 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6398. 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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