IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 10, 2019
Mr. Isakson (for himself, Mr. Tester, Mr. Moran, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Cassidy, Mr. Rounds, Mr. Tillis, Mr. Sullivan, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Cramer, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Brown, Mr. Blumenthal, Ms. Hirono, Mr. Manchin, and Ms. Sinema) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2019, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2019.
Increase in rates of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation
Effective on December 1, 2019, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall increase, in accordance with subsection (c), the dollar amounts in effect on November 30, 2019, for the payment of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation under the provisions specified in subsection (b).
Amounts To be increased
The dollar amounts to be increased pursuant to subsection (a) are the following:
Wartime disability compensation
Each of the dollar amounts under section 1114 of title 38, United States Code.
Additional compensation for dependents
Each of the dollar amounts under section 1115(1) of such title.
The dollar amount under section 1162 of such title.
Dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouse
Each of the dollar amounts under subsections (a) through (d) of section 1311 of such title.
Dependency and indemnity compensation to children
Each of the dollar amounts under sections 1313(a) and 1314 of such title.
Determination of increase
Each dollar amount described in subsection (b) shall be increased by the same percentage as the percentage by which benefit amounts payable under title II of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 401 et seq.) are increased effective December 1, 2019, as a result of a determination under section 215(i) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415(i)).
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may adjust administratively, consistent with the increases made under subsection (a), the rates of disability compensation payable to persons under section 10 of Public Law 85–857 (72 Stat. 1263) who have not received compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code.
Publication of adjusted rates
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall publish in the Federal Register the amounts specified in subsection (b), as increased under subsection (a), not later than the date on which the matters specified in section 215(i)(2)(D) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 415(i)(2)(D)) are required to be published by reason of a determination made under section 215(i) of such Act during fiscal year 2020.