CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 1402, the VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act of 2013, as Amended, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) on March 25, 2013 and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.
H.R. 1402 extends appropriations for the payment of a monthly assistance allowance to disabled veterans training or competing in large-scale adaptive sports programs through FY 2015, and modifies the adaptive sports assistance program to increase competition in grant funding and improve financial oversight.
Moreover, this legislation extends through FY 2014: (1) the authority to transport certain individuals to and from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities; (2) the authority to operate the VA regional office in Manila, Republic of the Philippines; (3) the requirement that nursing home care be made available to veterans with service-connected disabilities; (4) treatment and rehabilitation services for seriously mentally ill and homeless veterans; (5) the authority to provide housing assistance for homeless veterans; (6) the authority of the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans and the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education; (7) the requirements relating to vendee loans; and (8) the authority for contract physicians to perform medical disability examinations.
CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would have no effect on direct spending or revenues.
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