CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 1293 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN) on March 4, 2009.
H.R. 1293 would increase the amount that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is authorized to pay for improvement and structural alterations for homes of veterans with service-connected disabilities or 50 percent or more, and for those with service-connected disabilities of less than 50 percent. These improvements are often used to improve access to homes and to essential sanitary facilities.
For those with 50 percent service-connected disabilities, the bill authorizes the VA to pay up to $6,800 (up from $4,100), and for those with less than 50 percent disabilities, the bill authorizes the VA to pay up to $2,000 (up from $1,200).
Based on data from VA on the number and dollar amounts of grants awarded over the 2003-2008 period, CBO estimates that under the bill almost 2,000 veterans with service-connected disabilities would receive an additional $1,900 each year and almost 700 veterans with nonservice-connected disabilities would receive an additional $760 each year, for an annual cost of $4 million.
According to CBO, implementing the bill would cost $20 million over the 2010-2014 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.