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S. 1094 (115th): Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

About the bill

A string of scandals hit the Department of Veterans Affairs in the past few years, including dozens of veterans dying while waiting for care within the required 14 days at VA hospitals, forcing President Obama’s VA Secretary to resign. A new bill that recently passed the Senate aims to crack down on such neglect. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, S. 1094, to crack down.

The context and what the bill does

A series of exposes and reports in 2013–14 revealed the extent of neglect and coverup at veterans’ hospitals. They not only showed that veterans were often not getting the care they were entitled to under the law within the amount of time required, but also that staff …

Sponsor and status

Marco Rubio

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Florida. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 14, 2017
Length: 21 pages
May 11, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Jun 23, 2017

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on June 23, 2017.

Pub.L. 115-41

39 Cosponsors (31 Republicans, 7 Democrats, 1 Independent)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Heller Joins the President as He Signs Bipartisan Bill to Improve Care for Nevadas Veterans Into Law
    — Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV, 2011-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 6, 2018

Isakson Continues to Fight for Veterans
    — Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA, 2005-2019] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 2, 2018

Rokita: Veterans Come First
    — Rep. Todd Rokita [R-IN4, 2011-2018] on Jun 6, 2018

More statements at ProPublica Represent...

What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates S. 1094 will add $3 million in new spending through 2022.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 493: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability First Act of 2017

Introduced on Mar 2, 2017. 70% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 1259: VA Accountability First Act of 2017

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 16, 2017. 58% incorporated. (compare text)


May 11, 2017

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

May 17, 2017
Considered by Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

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

May 24, 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.

Jun 6, 2017
Passed Senate (House next)

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

Jun 13, 2017
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Jun 23, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 1094 (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 S. 1094. 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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