CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Wednesday, October 2, 2013 the House will consider H.J.Res.72, Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act,under a rule. The joint resolution was introduced by Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), Chairman of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee on October 1, 2013.
The joint resolution provides for the immediate availability of mandatory funds generally controlled through the annual Appropriations process for the Department of Veterans Affairs, namely for veterans disability payments, the GI Bill, education training, and VA home loans under the same conditions as in effect at the end of the just completed fiscal year. In addition, discretionary funds for Departmental management are also provided. Funds are available until another appropriation (such as regular bill or CR) is enacted for these operations or December 15, 2013.
Note: a similar proposal has been introduced by Senators Sanders, Hirono, Begich, Tester, and Blumenthal.
CBO reported that enacting H.J.Res.72 would result in a budget authority of $2.455 billion.