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H.R. 696 (115th): To prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Kurt Schrader

Sponsor. Representative for Oregon's 5th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2017
Length: 2 pages
Jan 24, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 24, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

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).


98 Cosponsors (96 Democrats, 2 Republicans)


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What legislators are saying

Rep. Lynch Introduces Legislation to Ensure Federal Government Continues to Hire Americas Veterans
    — Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 13, 2017

Rep. Kind Sponsors Bill to Stop the VA Hiring Freeze
    — Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 27, 2017

Pingree supports legislation to halt hiring freeze at Department of Veterans Affairs
    — Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 27, 2017

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Jan 24, 2017

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

H.R. 696 (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. 696. 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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