H. R. 2846
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 20, 2019
Mr. Mast (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
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Improving Veterans Access to Congressional Services Act of 2019.
Use of facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs by Members of Congress
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.
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—
shall require that a space within a facility of the Department provided to a Member under subsection (a) is—
available during normal business hours; and
located in an area that is visible and accessible to constituents of the Member; and
may not prohibit a Member from advertising the use by the Member of a space within a facility of the Department under subsection (a).