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house Bill H.R. 3224

Should VA Services for Women Veterans be Expanded?

Argument in favor

Women have served in the American armed services since the Revolutionary War, but the quality of care they receive from the VA isn’t commensurate with their service to the country. Improving VA services to ensure that women veterans receive appropriate, high-quality care from the VA is an important way to thank these women for their service and ensure their long-term health.

jimK's Opinion
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11/13/2019
Yes, VA services should serve the needs of all veterans equitably. Women’s medical needs are, in many instances, different than the medical needs of men. Those needs should be fully accommodated as should be the special needs of any veteran.
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Joan's Opinion
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11/13/2019
Female veterans and service members should have medical care that is appropriate to the needs of women. I can't believe this is even a question.
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Celiaann's Opinion
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11/12/2019
There is a well known complication for women in the military Military Sexual Trauma! These women are affected for the rest of their lives! They deserve to have expanded support and resources!
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Argument opposed

This bill is being rammed through by the Democratic majority in the House without contributions from Republican committee members, despite minority members’ attempts to contribute to debate in late October 2019. The process by which this bill was passed by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee violated committee norms so it shouldn’t be rewarded with a House vote.

jayar's Opinion
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11/13/2019
They should get the exact same benefits as male veterans, no more, no less.
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Joan's Opinion
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11/12/2019
Sounds like congress could do better because both sides need to contribute more actions in the bill.
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JTJ's Opinion
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12/28/2019
Democrats demand equality and want women in the military. Then they demand the taxpayers pay for the extra medical expenses that women require. No.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed November 12th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 399 Yea / 11 Nay
      house Committees
      Health
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJune 12th, 2019

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Bill Activity

  • IntroReferral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
  • Floor
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • Floor
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 399 - 11 (Roll no. 611).
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • Floor
    At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3224.
  • Floor
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • Floor
    Mr. Takano moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • Calendars
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 226.
  • Committee
    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 116-281.
  • Floor
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 399 - 11 (Roll no. 611). (text: CR H8763-8769)
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H8774-8775)
  • Floor
    Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H8763-8773)
  • Committee
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
  • Committee
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • Committee
    Subcommittee on Health Discharged.
  • Committee
    Subcommittee Hearings Held.
  • Committee
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
  • IntroReferral
    Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed November 12th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 399 Yea / 11 Nay
      house Committees
      Health
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJune 12th, 2019

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    Yes, VA services should serve the needs of all veterans equitably. Women’s medical needs are, in many instances, different than the medical needs of men. Those needs should be fully accommodated as should be the special needs of any veteran.
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    They should get the exact same benefits as male veterans, no more, no less.
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    Female veterans and service members should have medical care that is appropriate to the needs of women. I can't believe this is even a question.
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    There is a well known complication for women in the military Military Sexual Trauma! These women are affected for the rest of their lives! They deserve to have expanded support and resources!
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    Yes, women have different needs for many medical services. They should be supported as their male counterparts are. But as I write this, I am reminded that we really need to improve the service access and delivery for all of our military. Again, let’s solve the whole problem.
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    Stop sending them if you’re not taking care of them
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    Male and female soldiers should receive medical attention appropriate to them. Men don’t have babies, so clearly the medical care cannot be equivalent.
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    They should be of equal services to all parties.
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    We should honor our veterans and this who serve .
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    Are women service people are every bit as valuable as the man and should be treated equally
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    The problem is the bad care provided all our service members by the VA! It’s obvious that gender needs are different and must be tailored accordingly.
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    I believe this is a good bill and is goung to provied help to our amazing vets
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    Yes, women veterans have an added reason for PTSD and that is probable sexual harassment or even assault. A woman in the military, or any historical male career, has to be exceptional in her field.
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    Sounds like congress could do better because both sides need to contribute more actions in the bill.
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    Regardless of how this bill was brought to a vote is it a good and necessary bill. Republicans need to get behind the bill and not penalize veterans because of the process. They are two separate issues and veterans shouldn't be put in the middle of partisan squabbles.
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    A veteran is a veteran.
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    Thank you for this vote!
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    Our active service and veterans deserve the best medical and behavioral health service available. They’ve earned it. Thank you Congresswomen Lesko for supporting our vets and active service women and men.
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    One wonders why we are not currently doing this. The Republicans say things are being rammed through the committee but forget that is the same way they treated the Democrats when the Republicans had the majority. Hope they are not objecting to this because it affects women who are serving or have served in the military.
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    Yes, women in the military need this. To oppose this bill, as Republicans are proposing, because they don’t have control of the process is childish.
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