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S. 189: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2021

A bill to increase, effective as of December 1, 2021, 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.

Sponsor and status

John Thune

Sponsor. Senior Senator for South Dakota. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Feb 3, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 8, 2021

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 8, 2021.

Pub.L. 117-45

9 Cosponsors (8 Democrats, 1 Independent)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Washington Review, September 27, 2021
    — Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8] on Sep 27, 2021

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - September 24, 2021
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP] on Sep 27, 2021

the daily leader: monday, september 20, 2021
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Sep 19, 2021

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to S. 189 will be negligible.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 3909: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2021

Introduced on Jun 15, 2021. 100% incorporated. (compare text)


Feb 3, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Apr 28, 2021
Considered by Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

May 26, 2021
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.

Jul 21, 2021
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 17, 2021
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Suspension).

Sep 20, 2021
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Oct 8, 2021
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 189 is 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 S. 189. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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