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S. 344: Major Richard Star Act

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Context

Major Richard Star deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait with the U.S. Army Reserves. When he contracted stage 4 lung cancer as a result of burn pits and other damaging environmental conditions overseas, his wife Tonya quit her job to care for him full time.

Then Star encountered an unexpected financial surprise, when he learned that — because he hadn’t reached 20 years in the military — his disability pay from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) would be deducted out of his retirement pay from the Department of Defense.

Star pushed Congress to enact legislation that would remedy this little-known provision, meeting with lawmakers even as he approached the end of his life. He died in February.

What the legislation does …

Sponsor and status

Jon Tester

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Montana. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 17, 2021
Length: 5 pages
Introduced
Feb 22, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Status

Introduced on Feb 22, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 22, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Cosponsors

53 Cosponsors (35 Democrats, 17 Republicans, 1 Independent)

Prognosis
4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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History

Feb 22, 2021
 
Introduced

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Mar 17, 2021
 
Text Published

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S. 344 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. 344. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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