WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Congresswoman Elaine Luria participated in her first full-committee bill markup as a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday.

The committee passed 18 bills during the markup, including two sponsored by Rep. Luria. 

Markup is when congressional committees and subcommittees debate, amend, and rewrite proposed legislation before passing them to the full Senate or House of Representatives.

Luria made the following statements during the committee markup:

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“Our veterans put their lives on the line to keep America safe, and I remain committed to ensuring they receive the benefits they’ve earned,” Congresswoman Luria said. “As a Navy veteran myself, it’s been an honor and a privilege introducing these bills, gathering bipartisan support, pushing them through subcommittees, and now getting them through full committee.”

The two bills introduced by Congresswoman Luria included H.R. 1200 and H.R. 1199.

The bill H.R. 1200, or the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2019, would provide cost-of-living increases for veterans on a host of items like wartime disability compensation, compensation for dependents, clothing allowance, dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouses, and dependency and indemnity compensation to children.

View the full H.R. 1200 bill below:

Rep Luria's second bill, H.R. 1199, or the VA Website Accessibility Act of 2019, advocates for a study into the accessibility of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website resources for veterans with disabilities. 

Congresswoman Luria introduced this bill after meeting with blind veterans in order to ensure that all VA online resources are accessible to every veteran.

View the full H.R. 1199 bill below:

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs also passed two bills that Luria cosponsored H.R. 299 and H.R. 95.

Bill H.R. 299, or the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, recognizes the diseases that were caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. 

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Congresswoman Luria is fighting for this bill to help those veterans who had complications develop from their service be recognized and receive treatment and compensation.

The second bill Luria cosponsored that passed to the House of the Representatives was H.R. 95, or the Homeless Veteran Families Act. This bill would assist the dependents of homeless veterans, including those dependents in per diem grants.

Click here for a full list of the 18 bills passed by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday.

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