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H.R. 3499 (97th): Veterans’ Health Care, Training, and Small Business Loan Act of 1981

An act to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the period for Vietnam-era veterans to request counseling under the veterans' readjustment counseling program, to provide medical care eligibility for veterans exposed to herbicides or defoliants (including Agent Orange), or to nuclear radiation, to establish a minimum total number of operating beds in Veterans' Administration hospital and nursing home facilities, to extend for certain Vietnam-era veterans the period of time in which GI Bill educational assistance benefits may be used for the pursuit of certain training, to provide a small business loan program for Vietnam era and disabled veterans, and to extend the authority for veterans readjustment appointments in the civil service; and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

May 7, 1981
97th Congress (1981–1982)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Nov 3, 1981

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on November 3, 1981.

Pub.L. 97-72

Ronald Mottl

Representative for Ohio's 23rd congressional district



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Last Updated: Nov 3, 1981


27 Cosponsors (17 Democrats, 10 Republicans)



May 7, 1981

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May 12, 1981
Ordered Reported

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Jun 2, 1981
Passed House (Senate next)

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Jun 16, 1981
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes.

Oct 16, 1981
Senate Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Nov 3, 1981
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 3499 (97th) was 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 H.R. 3499. This is the one from the 97th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 97th Congress, which met from Jan 5, 1981 to Dec 23, 1982. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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