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H.R. 3705: Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017

Nov 8, 2017 at 5:09 p.m. ET. On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3705 (115th) 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. 3705 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) work with Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) to develop new notification letter that, in plain language, clearly explain why such alleged debt was created, and the steps the veteran can take to dispute or mitigate the debt. The bill would also require the VA to research the number of veterans who do not receive debt notification letters and provide a report to Congress detailing the steps the VA can adopt to reduce the number of notices sent to incorrect addresses and provide a timeline for adopting such options.

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) issues a debt notice to veterans due to overpayments of benefits or other situations in which the veteran has accrued debts with VBA. After these notices are mailed, there is no verification that the veteran has received the notice. Additionally, if the veteran’s contact information is not up-to-date in VBA’s system, they may never receive the notice. This results in veterans defaulting on their finances for failure to pay a debt they were unaware of in a timely manner. Further, the veterans may miss deadlines to appeal the debt, apply for a waiver or set up a payment plan.

Source: Republican Policy Committee

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All Votes R D
Yea 100%
 
 
422
233
 
189
 
Nay 0%
 
 
0
0
 
0
 
Not Voting
 
 
10
5
 
5
 

Passed. 2/3 Required. Source: house.gov.

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