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H.R. 299 (116th): Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019

To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Mark Takano

Sponsor. Representative for California's 41st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 14, 2019
Length: 11 pages
Jan 8, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Jun 25, 2019

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on June 25, 2019.

Pub.L. 116-23

333 Cosponsors (202 Democrats, 129 Republicans, 1 Independent, 1 Libertarian)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Courtney Statement on New Court Ruling Ordering VA to Make Retroactive Payments to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Their Survivors
    — Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 16, 2020

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Gains Support For Burn Pits Legislation, Joins New Bill to Help Troops Exposed to Toxins
    — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 15, 2020

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Support Veterans and Their Families
    — Rep. Lizzie Fletcher [D-TX7] on Feb 26, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 299 will add $875 million in new spending through 2029.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 203: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019

Introduced on Jan 3, 2019. 86% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 1195: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019

Introduced on Apr 11, 2019. 91% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 1381: A bill to modify the presumption of service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in the Armed Forces in Thailand during the Vietnam era, and …

Introduced on May 9, 2019. 74% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 576: Fairness for Korean DMZ Veterans Act of 2019

Introduced on Feb 27, 2019. 97% incorporated. (compare text)


Jan 8, 2019

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May 8, 2019
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

May 10, 2019
Reported by House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

May 14, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Jun 12, 2019
Passed Senate

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.

Jun 25, 2019
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 299 (116th) 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 H.R. 299. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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