The brave men and women of our military are among America’s greatest heroes. Individuals serving in the military come from all backgrounds and unite in a common goal to protect and defend the freedoms and values that make the United States like no other. These men and women have made enormous sacrifices for our country and their service should never be forgotten.
During my time in Congress, I have worked hard to support policies that honor, support and care for our veterans. This includes making sure that our veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned and enabling a seamless transition into civilian life. Whether it’s providing better housing options, improving access to health care, expanding education and job training programs, or reforming the administration of benefits, our policies should aim to achieve a better quality of life for our nation’s heroes.
The first bill I introduced in Congress, H.R. 2011, the Veterans Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act, is a bipartisan effort focused on enhancing the job training and education opportunities for our veterans. The bill would extend a Committee which has a long history of advising the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on advancing education and job training programs for veterans. Most importantly, the bill expands the Committee to include a voice for post-9/11 vets who are returning home in record numbers and deserve access to quality job training and education programs. I was pleased that the bill passed through the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and I look forward to working towards its passage.
I have also been a vocal supporter of legislative initiatives such as H.R. 1725, the Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act, which helps abate the high prevalence of mental health disorders in veterans, the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act, H.R. 1742, which helps ensure severely wounded veterans are not prevented from accessing housing because of the cost of the care they receive for their injuries, and the 21st Century Health Care for Heroes Act, H.R. 2590, which requires the DOD and VA to better coordinate the transfer of soldiers’ medical records. All of these proposals are a step in the right direction to ensure that our veterans receive the care and support they deserve as they return home from conflict.
During debate of the Defense Appropriations Bill, I offered an amendment to increase funding for Fisher House, which provides free lodging near hospitals for military families when servicemen and veterans are receiving care. My amendment increased funding from $4 million to $20 million and will allow four new Fisher Houses to be built across the country. These new houses are owned and operated by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and will allow approximately 2,000 additional military families per year to stay with their heroes in their time of need at the hospital.
Moving forward, I will continue to be a strong advocate for the brave men and women of our armed services.
More on Veterans Issues
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. John K. Delaney (MD-06) and Rep. Dave Trott (MI-11) introduced the Veteran Debt Fairness Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation aims to protect veterans’ financial stability from being harmed by accounting and processing errors made by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the disbursement of earned monthly benefits. The bill would prevent the collection of overpayment debt that originated from errors at the VA, and in all other cases, would cap the amount the VA can deduct from a veteran’s monthly payment for recoupment of debt.
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Rep. John K. Delaney (MD-06) and Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-02) introduced H.R. 7103, the Suicide Prevention Analytics Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation aims to address the gap in data reporting as it relates to self-harm and suicidal behavior. This pilot program will help improve the compilation and sharing of near real-time suicidal behavior information among care providers, prevention experts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 361 to 61 the bipartisan, bicameral Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6157 – Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019. This package appropriates necessary Fiscal Year 2019 funding for these agencies, as well as temporary funding through December 7 for all other government agencies that were not included in earlier spending packages passed by Congress.
WASHINGTON – As part of the FY2019 Department of Defense Appropriations bill released last week, Congress will provide $10 million in funding for The Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit that builds houses to provide free temporary lodging near hospitals so military and veteran families can be close to their loved ones while they seek medical treatment. Since joining the House in 2013, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has championed Fisher House and its mission, leading the effort to raise funding from its 2012 level of $4 million per year.
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) sent a letter to Chairman Tom Cole (OK-5) and Ranking Member Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-5) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, and Related Agencies applauding the bipartisan effort to address the mental health crisis in our country. In the letter, also signed by Reps.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) reacted to the Trump Administration’s announcement of a pay freeze for federal employees:
“Millions of families and hundreds of thousands of federal employees would be hurt by this decision, and I stand with my fellow members of Congress to push back against this decision. That’s why I was an original cosponsor of the FAIR Act (H.R. 4775), which would provide a 3 percent pay increase for the federal workforce in FY2019.
Delaney Amendment to Increase Funding for Fisher House Added to Defense Bill
Bipartisan Delaney amendment doubles federal support for Fisher House
WASHINGTON – Over the past two weeks, the House of Representatives passed nearly 60 opioid-related pieces of legislation, including today’s bipartisan package, H.R. 6, Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act or the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for H.R. 5515, the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 351-66. The bill includes his bipartisan amendment passed by voice vote and cosponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2) to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney’s (MD-6) Protecting Veterans Credit Act will be considered this week by the House Financial Services Committee during a markup scheduled for Wednesday. The legislation is designed to protect veterans from unnecessary financial harm by ensuring that their credit ratings are not adversely affected by delayed payments associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program and other VA Community Care programs.