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S. 114: 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.


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 ...

Sponsor and status

Dean Heller

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Nevada. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 3, 2017
Length: 13 pages

Jan 12, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019


Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 12, 2017

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


Pub.L. 115-46

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)


Jan 12, 2017

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 27, 2017
On House Schedule

The House indicated that this bill would be considered in the week ahead.

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 is 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.

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