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H.R. 2846: Improving Veterans Access to Congressional Services Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of May 20, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2846

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 20, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Soto, Mr. Budd, Mr. Biggs, Mr. Higgins of Louisiana, Mr. Bergman, Mrs. Walorski, Mr. Moulton, Mr. Mullin, Mr. Marshall, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Stivers, Ms. Norton, Mrs. Hartzler, Mr. Kind, Mr. Olson, Mr. Gallagher, Mr. Lawson of Florida, and Mr. Bilirakis) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to permit Members of Congress to use facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purposes of meeting with constituents, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Veterans Access to Congressional Services Act of 2019.

2.

Use of facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs by Members of Congress

(a)

In general

Upon request of a Member of Congress and subject to regulations prescribed under subsection (b), the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall permit the Member to use a facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purposes of meeting with constituents of the Member.

(b)

Regulations

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall prescribe regulations regarding the use of facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs by Members of Congress. Regulations prescribed under this subsection—

(1)

shall require that a space within a facility of the Department provided to a Member under subsection (a) is—

(A)

available during normal business hours; and

(B)

located in an area that is visible and accessible to constituents of the Member; and

(2)

may not prohibit a Member from advertising the use by the Member of a space within a facility of the Department under subsection (a).