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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, see the section-by-section above, or here.

Title II – Improvement of Health Care from Department of Veterans Affairs

Title II improves health care received from VA by modifying contracts under the Veterans Community Care program, expanding coverage …

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

1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)



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 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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3479. 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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