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S. 622: Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act of 2019

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About the bill

More than 70% of both the House and Senate support this legislation, but it’s failed in the past four Congresses. Will this time be different?


Currently, the surviving husband or wife of a military member who dies in service is entitled to survivor’s benefits. However, if they had previously voluntarily enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Survivors Benefits Plan (SBP), their survivors’ benefits can be subtracted by as much as $15,828 per year.

Essentially, the SBP is being subtracted from the total survivor’s benefit ...

Sponsor and status

Doug Jones

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Alabama. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2019
Length: 5 pages
Feb 28, 2019

Introduced on Feb 28, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 28, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senators Jones, Collins, Tester, and Crapo Introduce Legislation to Eliminate the Military Widows Tax
    — Sen. Doug Jones [D-AL] (Sponsor) on Mar 5, 2019

Sen. Cruz Joins Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Military 'Widow's Tax'
    — Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX] (Co-sponsor) on May 24, 2019

Senators Crapo, Jones, Collins, Tester Introduce Legislation to Eliminate Military \"Widow's Tax\"
    — Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 5, 2019

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Feb 28, 2019

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S. 622 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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