H.R. 6132: Veterans Benefits and Economic Welfare Improvement Act of 2010

H.R. 6132

Veterans Benefits and Economic Welfare Improvement Act of 2010

Date
September 28, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

H.R. 6132 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, Septemer 28, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  The legislation was introduced on September 15, 2010 by Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) and referred to the Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Bill Summary

H.R. 6132 would establish a transition program for new veterans, improve disability claim system, and for other purposes.  This legislation would incorporate H.R. 929, as amended, H.R. 4541, as amended, H.R. 5064, H.R. 5484, and H.R. 5549.

This bill would establish a Military Transition Program to provide eligible veterans with skills relevant to the job market.  The program would provide for payments to employers who provide for eligible veterans a program of apprenticeship or on-the-job training.

The bill would address the disability claim system by extending the 120-day limit for the filing of an appeal to the Court of Veterans Appeals after a final decision of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals upon a showing of good cause for such time as justice may require.  The bill would also increase the pension amount for Medal of Honor recipients, establish an award program that will permit the VA to recognize businesses for their contributions to veteran’s employment, and protect veterans from losing their non-service connected pension benefits because they received payments to cover expenses incurred after an accident, theft, loss, or casualty loss. 

Background

Under current law, the monthly pension for Medal of Honor recipients is $1,000.  This bill would increase that amount to $2,000.

Cost

The bill authorizes the appropriation of $10 million for costs associated with the transition program.  CBO estimates this bill would have a net effect of decreasing the deficit by $3 million the ten-year period 2010-2020.