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H.R. 2433 (117th): Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 11, 2021 (Preprint (Suspension)).


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                                                                       117TH CONGRESS
                                                                          1ST SESSION
                                                                                                            H. R. 2433
                                                                       To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to take actions necessary to
                                                                           ensure that certain individuals may update the burn pit registry with
                                                                           a registered individual’s cause of death, and for other purposes.




                                                                                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                                                        APRIL 8, 2021
                                                                             Mr. RUIZ (for himself and Mr. WENSTRUP) introduced the following bill;
                                                                                   which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs




                                                                                                                 A BILL
                                                                       To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to take actions
                                                                          necessary to ensure that certain individuals may update
                                                                          the burn pit registry with a registered individual’s cause
                                                                          of death, 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 ‘‘Burn Pit Registry En-
                                                                         5 hancement Act’’.
                                                                         6     SEC. 2. BURN PIT REGISTRY UPDATES.
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                                                                         7              (a) INDIVIDUALS ELIGIBLE TO UPDATE.—




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2 1 (1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days 2 after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Sec- 3 retary of Veterans Affairs shall take actions nec- 4 essary to ensure that the burn pit registry may be 5 updated with the cause of death of a deceased reg- 6 istered individual by— 7 (A) an individual designated by such de- 8 ceased registered individual; or 9 (B) if no such individual is designated, an 10 immediate family member of such deceased reg- 11 istered individual. 12 (2) DESIGNATION.—The Secretary shall pro- 13 vide, with respect to the burn pit registry, a process 14 by which a registered individual may make a des- 15 ignation for purposes of paragraph (1)(A). 16 (b) DEFINITIONS.—In this section: 17 (1) The term ‘‘burn pit registry’’ means the 18 registry established under section 201 of the Dig- 19 nified Burial and Other Veterans’ Benefits Improve- 20 ment Act of 2012 (Public Law 112–260; 38 U.S.C. 21 527 note). 22 (2) The term ‘‘immediate family member’’, with 23 respect to a deceased individual, means— 24 (A) the spouse, parent, brother, sister, or kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS 25 adult child of the individual; •HR 2433 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:12 May 28, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H2433.IH H2433
3 1 (B) an adult person to whom the indi- 2 vidual stands in loco parentis; or 3 (C) any other adult person— 4 (i) living in the household of the indi- 5 vidual at the time of the death of the indi- 6 vidual; and 7 (ii) related to the individual by blood 8 or marriage. 9 (3) The term ‘‘registered individual’’ means an 10 individual registered with the burn pit registry. Æ kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 2433 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:12 May 28, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6301 E:\BILLS\H2433.IH H2433