H.R. 5957, Federal Aviation Administration Veteran Transition Improvement Act of 2016

H.R. 5957

Federal Aviation Administration Veteran Transition Improvement Act of 2016

Sponsor
Rep. Rick Larsen

Date
September 20, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5957, the Federal Aviation Administration Veteran Transition Improvement Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5957 was introduced on September 8, 2016, by Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) and was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote on September 14, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5957 closes a loophole that prevents veterans newly hired by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from receiving paid sick leave benefits made available by the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015. Specifically, the legislation includes disabled veteran leave in the personnel management system of the FAA.

Background

There are more than 15,000 veterans nationally working for the Federal Aviation Administration. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 made up to 104 hours of paid sick leave available to most newly hired veteran federal employees with service-connected conditions rated as 30% or more disabled for the purposes of attending medical treatment related to their conditions. However, because FAA employees are not covered automatically by title 5 federal employment provisions, veterans newly hired by the FAA are ineligible for these benefits.[1]

According to the bill’s cosponsor, “Veterans working at the FAA should not be penalized for attending medical appointments for their service-related injuries. Our bipartisan fix to this loophole in a well-intentioned law will ensure equal treatment of the more than 15,000 veterans employed by the FAA across the country.”[2]

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[1] See Rep. Larsen’s Press Release, September 8, 2016.
[2] Id.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is currently unavailable

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.