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S. 114 (115th): VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017


About the bill

Following the Department of Veterans Affairs scandals of 2014, a popular reform was enacted allowing veterans to bypass the VA for medical care in certain cases. A new law would continue the program — although it had to overcome some obstacles, including a failed House vote in July.

Context

The law continues funding for the Veterans Choice Program, which ensures that veterans can have access to medical treatments and procedures which the VA itself does not provide. In other words, it guarantees veterans can see a private non-VA physician if medically necessary, at government expense.

The program was started in 2014, in the wake of the VA scandals where dozens of veterans died from lack of care and some of the deaths were covered up. This culminating in the …

Sponsor and status

Dean Heller

Sponsor. Senator for Nevada. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 3, 2017
Length: 13 pages
Introduced
Jan 12, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Status

Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 12, 2017

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 12, 2017.

Law
Pub.L. 115-46
Cosponsors

3 Cosponsors (1 Republican, 1 Democrat, 1 Independent)

Source

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] (Sponsor) on Jun 6, 2018

Inhofe, Lankford, Mullin and Russell Introduce Legislation to Improve Veteran Health Care
    — Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK] on Mar 9, 2018

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

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 1550: Department of Veterans Affairs Quality Employment Act of 2017

Introduced on Jul 13, 2017. 64% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 1367: To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 17, 2017. 61% incorporated. (compare text)

History

Jan 12, 2017
 
Introduced

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

May 25, 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 Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Jul 24, 2017
 
Failed in the House Under Suspension

Passage was attempted under a fast-track procedure called "suspension of the rules." The vote failed, but the bill can be voted on again.

Jul 28, 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.

Jul 28, 2017
 
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the House with an Amendment.

Aug 1, 2017
 
Senate Agreed to Changes

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 Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Aug 12, 2017
 
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 114 (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. 114. 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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