H.R.3562 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs under chapter 31 of such title, and for other purposes.

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H.R.3562 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs under chapter 31 of such title, and for other purposes.

Brief

HR 3562 would authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs under chapter 31 of such title, and for other purposes.

“Through the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides assistance to veterans whose disabilities prevent them from working. That assistance can include the cost of modifying veterans’ homes to enable them to live independently. The cost of those benefits are paid from mandatory appropriations.” – cbo

The Secretary may assist a veteran who is entitled to services and assistance under chapter 31 of this title and is pursuing a rehabilitation program under such chapter in acquiring such adaptations to such veteran’s residence as are determined necessary by the Secretary to accomplish the purposes of such rehabilitation program.

The aggregate amount of assistance available to a veteran under subsection (a) may not exceed $77,307. The Secretary may waive this limitation for a veteran if the Secretary determines a waiver is necessary for the rehabilitation program of the veteran.

(Full text of H.R. 3562 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Arrington, Jodey C. [R-TX-19] (Introduced 07/28/2017)

Status: Passed House /

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 – 0 (Roll no. 607)

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SENATE

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COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayers:  On the basis of information from VA regarding how it would implement the bill, CBO expects that very few veterans would be affected. Over the last four years, an average of eight veterans a year have received housing adaptations under the vocational rehabilitation program in amounts that would exceed the limit in H.R 3562. In addition, the department indicates that it would likely waive enforcement of the cap in most cases.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Data not available

Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available

Dynamic Scoring:   Data not available

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.

 

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