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H.R. 4173: Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

Passed · Nov 8, 2017 at 1:40 p.m. ET · Source:

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4173 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 4173 would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on the outcomes and the efficacy of the Veterans Crisis Line based on an analysis of national suicide data and data collected from the Veterans Crisis Line.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the Veterans Crisis Line in July 2007 to provide support to veterans in emotional crisis. The Veterans Crisis Line has received more than 2.3 million calls and 55,000 texts since the VA implemented it in 2007.

According to the bill’s sponsor, “Every day, 20 veterans die from suicide. The Veterans Crisis Line is a critical resource the VA provides for veterans who are in mental distress. However, we need to analyze its data to ensure veterans are being connected to further help after their initial phone call. We cannot continue to lose veterans to the scourge of suicide once they safety return home from action.”

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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