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H.R. 6168 (116th): Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020


The text of the bill below is as of May 22, 2020 (Preprint (Suspension)).


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                                                                       116TH CONGRESS
                                                                          2D SESSION
                                                                                                            H. R. 6168
                                                                       To increase, effective as of December 1, 2020, the rates of compensation
                                                                           for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of depend-
                                                                           ency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled
                                                                           veterans, and for other purposes.




                                                                                     IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                                                      MARCH 10, 2020
                                                                          Mrs. LURIA (for herself and Mr. BOST) introduced the following bill; which
                                                                                    was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs




                                                                                                                 A BILL
                                                                       To increase, effective as of December 1, 2020, the rates
                                                                          of compensation for veterans with service-connected dis-
                                                                          abilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity com-
                                                                          pensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans,
                                                                          and for other purposes.

                                                                         1              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
                                                                         2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
                                                                         3     SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

                                                                         4              This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Veterans’ Compensa-
                                                                         5 tion Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020’’.
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2 1 SEC. 2. INCREASE IN RATES OF DISABILITY COMPENSA- 2 TION AND DEPENDENCY AND INDEMNITY 3 COMPENSATION. 4 (a) RATE ADJUSTMENT.—Effective on December 1, 5 2020, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall increase, in 6 accordance with subsection (c), the dollar amounts in ef- 7 fect on November 30, 2020, for the payment of disability 8 compensation and dependency and indemnity compensa- 9 tion under the provisions specified in subsection (b). 10 (b) AMOUNTS TO BE INCREASED.—The dollar 11 amounts to be increased pursuant to subsection (a) are 12 the following: 13 (1) WARTIME DISABILITY COMPENSATION.— 14 Each of the dollar amounts under section 1114 of 15 title 38, United States Code. 16 (2) ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION FOR DEPEND- 17 ENTS.—Each of the dollar amounts under section 18 1115(1) of such title. 19 (3) CLOTHING ALLOWANCE.—The dollar 20 amount under section 1162 of such title. 21 (4) DEPENDENCY AND INDEMNITY COMPENSA- 22 TION TO SURVIVING SPOUSE.—Each of the dollar 23 amounts under subsections (a) through (d) of sec- 24 tion 1311 of such title. kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 6168 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:43 Mar 17, 2020 Jkt 099200 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H6168.IH H6168
3 1 (5) DEPENDENCY AND INDEMNITY COMPENSA- 2 TION TO CHILDREN.—Each of the dollar amounts 3 under sections 1313(a) and 1314 of such title. 4 (c) DETERMINATION OF INCREASE.—Each dollar 5 amount described in subsection (b) shall be increased by 6 the same percentage as the percentage by which benefit 7 amounts payable under title II of the Social Security Act 8 (42 U.S.C. 401 et seq.) are increased effective December 9 1, 2020, as a result of a determination under section 10 215(i) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415(i)). 11 (d) SPECIAL RULE.—The Secretary of Veterans Af- 12 fairs may adjust administratively, consistent with the in- 13 creases made under subsection (a), the rates of disability 14 compensation payable to persons under section 10 of Pub- 15 lic Law 85–857 (72 Stat. 1263) who have not received 16 compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United States 17 Code. 18 SEC. 3. PUBLICATION OF ADJUSTED RATES. 19 The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall publish in the 20 Federal Register the amounts specified in section 2(b), as 21 increased under that section, not later than the date on 22 which the matters specified in section 215(i)(2)(D) of the 23 Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 415(i)(2)(D)) are required kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 6168 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:43 Mar 17, 2020 Jkt 099200 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H6168.IH H6168
4 1 to be published by reason of a determination made under 2 section 215(i) of such Act during fiscal year 2021. Æ kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 6168 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:43 Mar 17, 2020 Jkt 099200 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6301 E:\BILLS\H6168.IH H6168