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S. 3479 (115th): Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2018

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

S. 3479 extends authorizations for various authorities at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) related to health care, benefits, homeless veterans, and other matters, improves health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and addresses matters of education and leasing obligations. A full section-by-section of the bill, with additional background information, can be found here.

Major provisions of the bill include:

Title I – Extension of Authorities

In four subtitles, Title I extends authorizations for authorities at VA relating to health care, benefits, homelessness, and other matters. For a full description ...

Sponsor and status

John “Johnny” Isakson

Sponsor. Senator for Georgia. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 28, 2018
Length: 15 pages
Sep 18, 2018
115th Congress, 2017–2019

Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 29, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on September 29, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-251

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rosen provisions to reauthorize veteran homelessness programs pass the house
    — Sen. Jacky Rosen [D-NV] on Sep 25, 2018

Aprueba el Congreso legislacin que busca transformar los servicios de salud de veteranos en la isla
    — Commish. Jenniffer González-Colón [R-PR0] on Sep 26, 2018

The Week Ahead - scheduled votes, committee action and other important notes for the week of September 24, 2018
    — Rep. David Young [R-IA3, 2015-2018] on Sep 24, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates S. 3479 will add $3.7 billion in new spending through 2028.


Sep 18, 2018

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

Sep 18, 2018
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.

Sep 21, 2018
On House Schedule

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

Sep 25, 2018
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. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 29, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 3479 (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.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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