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senate Bill S. 2082

Extending Expiring Provisions at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Argument in favor

America’s veterans can’t afford a lapse in the services the VA provides them. Passing this bill is essential to ensure they receive the care they need.

GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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10/02/2015
They need to be permanent. Let's pretend it's something for congressional members. Vets would receive the so called Cadillac plan faster than the Clintons can grab money for their foundation.
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Sgte5tcr's Opinion
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10/01/2015
In my opinion and from what I had observed & learned as a veteran, the VA needs a major upgrade in their policies & in veterans care.
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Michelle's Opinion
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10/02/2015
You want people to go fight and meaningless wars... But you don't want to take care of them!!
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t vote on a blanket reauthorization of these VA authorities, and instead ought to go through each program on its own merits.

operaman's Opinion
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09/30/2015
Just pass out health care cards to all veterans and close the VA. The VA failed. Great conception, but Government will always fail within a set budget.
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jrs333's Opinion
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10/06/2015
I think giving vets a government health care card and letting them go where they wish for health care is the way to go. Close the VA and save tons of money in administration cost.
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John's Opinion
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10/04/2015
Let our Vets get free care wherever they want. Close the VA...
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What is Senate Bill S. 2082?

This bill would extend a number of authorities at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) that are set to expire on September 30, 2015 under current law.


There are several health care related provisions that would be extended, including:

  • The collection of copayments for hospital care and nursing home care;

  • Extending the requirement to provide nursing home care to certain veterans with service-connected disabilities;

  • Extending the authorization of funding for the support of caregivers, and the pilot program for child care for veterans receiving treatment;

  • Grants for rural health care for veterans, and counseling for women who have recently left the service.


Among the benefits related provisions that would be extended are the following:

  • The Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education would be extended;

  • Rehabilitation and vocational benefits would be extended for members of the Armed Forces with severe injuries or illnesses.


Numerous programs for homeless veterans would be reauthorized, including:

  • Reintegration programs, and programs for homeless veterans with children;

  • Housing assistance for homeless veterans and financial support for very low-income veterans in permanent housing;

  • Treatment and rehabilitation services for seriously mentally ill veterans;

  • Referral and counseling services for veterans that are at risk of homelessness.


There are also several provisions to provide additional appropriations for the construction of a VA medical facility in Denver, Colorado which has faced cost overruns and delays. It would receive an additional $625 million in funding, and be subject to a requirement to use a federal entity outside of the VA for project management.

Impact

Veterans and their families, health care and rehabilitation providers, the Denver VA facility, and the VA.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2082

$624.00 Million
The CBO estimates that the House version of this legislation would reduce spending by $1 million over the 2016-2025 period, while provisions related to the Denver VA facility would cost an additional $625 million over the same period.

More Information

In-Depth: The Senate passed this legislation by voice vote on September 24, 2015. Companion bills were introduced in the House that addressed the expiring VA authorities in one piece of legislation, and the Denver VA facility in another.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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Secretary of Defense)

AKA

Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring provisions of law administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • EnactedSeptember 30th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed September 30th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 423 Yea / 0 Nay
  • The senate Passed September 25th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
    IntroducedSeptember 25th, 2015

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    Just pass out health care cards to all veterans and close the VA. The VA failed. Great conception, but Government will always fail within a set budget.
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    Let our Vets get free care wherever they want. Close the VA...
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    I think giving vets a government health care card and letting them go where they wish for health care is the way to go. Close the VA and save tons of money in administration cost.
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    In my opinion and from what I had observed & learned as a veteran, the VA needs a major upgrade in their policies & in veterans care.
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    CLOSE THE V.A. Have a Veterans' Medicare Program and let our brave young people get the healthcare they need without jumping through hoops.
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    You want people to go fight and meaningless wars... But you don't want to take care of them!!
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    Never deprive a veteran anything they need. Ever.
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    Congress should use its over site authority BUT not at the expense of Vets. They can start right now??
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    Get rid of the VA, give vets a card so they can go ANYWHERE for any kind of health care. Get out of the damn way and it will caost half as much as its costing now!
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    Help our Vets, give us back our benefits which we earned and deserve!
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    close VA and put into private healthcare.
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    How can this even be a question? For the sake of all national honor & reason, do it NOW! We have treated our veterans so shamefully it is an embarrassment to the entire country. Stop nickeling & dining the men & women who fought for a lie perpetrated by the executive branch. How can any of you fools look yourselves in the eye with your war mongering desire to send MORE people to fight (you do know that is what 'boots on the ground' means?) while you refuse to pay for the promised benefits to veterans? If you guys want more war either you go fight or send your precious children. No Americans should ever go into another battle until you figure out how to take care of our veterans!
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    I wish our representatives in Texas weren't heartless stooges who didn't care what was best for the people. Wouldn't that be nice?
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    I'm open to a more efficient and effect way to take care of our veterans, but until an acceptable solution is made, Congress should vote yes to this bill
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    Get rid of the VA. They are nothing but paper pushing collect pay checks. I don't know why getting an appointment was no problem until O. Now it's impossible. They don't even return 18 months of phone calls.
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    The VA and its hospitals, as evidenced by ours in Grand Junction, CO, are politically maneuvered and, therefore, capriciously (dis-)organized. Terminate the VA hospitals, let vets use their IDs to get the healthcare they need and deserve. Tax dollars for running the programs vets need should go directly to state governments. The federal government is one giant miasma of incompetence.
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    Focus resouces where they can serve best. That takes effort to make sure programs are efficient and effective.
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    They need to be permanent. Let's pretend it's something for congressional members. Vets would receive the so called Cadillac plan faster than the Clintons can grab money for their foundation.
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