DAV’s Legislative Bulletins are distributed bi-monthly, and include news about pending bills in Congress and legislation important to America’s disabled veterans and their families. These bulletins also reach out to membership for any action that might be needed to support the legislative activities of the DAV. Because no veteran should ever have to be alone.

2013

Legislative Bulletin – October 2013

On October 9, 2013, Secretary Eric Shinseki of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee to   report on VA’s status during the ongoing partial government shutdown.

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Legislative Bulletin – June 2013

On a bipartisan basis, the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the VA-Military Construction bill (H.R. 2216) for Fiscal Year 2014.

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Legislative Bulletin – April 2013

The President’s budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 was submitted to Congress on April 10, more than two months late, and comes after lengthy budget deficit and debt ceiling stalemates at the end of last year.

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2012

Legislative Bulletin — December 2012

The Fiscal Cliff, pending employment legislation, combat-related special compensation, TRICARE, mental health and TBI, seamless transition, sexual assault and prevention, suicide prevention, survivor benefits, the 113th Congress, new members of congress, hearings and 2013 DAV mid-winter conference.

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Legislative Bulletin — June 2012

Fiscal year 2013 appropriation acts, “SERVICE” documentary screening, pending legislation, hearings, resolution writing webinar.

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Legislative Bulletin — April 2012

DAV mid-winter conference in Washington, D.C., fiscal year 2013 budget and appropriations, pending legislation, hearings and the independent budget for fiscal year 2013.

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Legislative Bulletin — February 2012

DAV mid-winter conference in Washington, D.C., appropriations and deficit reduction, fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, pending legislation, hearings, virtual town hall with Senator Patty Murray, new web content.

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2011

Legislative Bulletin — December 2011

Appropriations and deficit reduction, COLA bill signed by president, VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, pending legislation, hearings, virtual chat, new web content.

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Legislative Bulletin — October 2011

Uncertainty for VA programs as federal budget and deficit debates remain unresolved, legislation passed in the house, pending legislation, the Postal Reform Act of 2011, hearings, new web content, women veterans survey.

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Legislative Bulletin — June 2011

Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal year 2012 budget, government accountability office report on advance appropriations, pending legislation, hearings, sexual assaults in VA facilities.

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Legislative Bulletin — April 2011

Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal year 2012 budget, Department of Veterans Affairs 2011 budget, pending legislation, hearings.

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Legislative Bulletin — February 2011

Department of veterans affairs fiscal year 2012 budget, pending legislation, Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2010, New chairmen for House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee members, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee members, DAV Mid-Winter Conference.

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2010

Legislative Bulletin — December 2010

Continuing Resolution for Department of Veterans Affairs budget, VA launching new personalized veterans health benefits handbook, Senior Citizens Relief Act fails in Senate, Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act passes, correction, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee changes.

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Legislative Bulletin — October 2010

Status of fiscal year 2011 VA budget, important provisions for veterans enacted, DAV legislative staff active at congressional hearings, claims process reform, Women Veterans Forum.

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Legislative Bulletin — June 2010

Caregiver Legislation signed into law, Status of fiscal year 2011 VA budget, DAV legislative staff active at hearings, claims process reform.

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Legislative Bulletin — April 2010

Clarification of effect of health insurance reform legislation on veterans, key legislation, status of fiscal year 2011 VA budget, Veterans’ Affairs Committees views and estimates, DAV Mid-Winter Conference, early signs of progress for reforming the veterans benefits approval process.

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Legislative Bulletin — February 2010

Pending legislation, fiscal year 2011 VA budget introduced, VA fiscal year 2012 advance appropriation, Caregiver legislation, fixing the Veterans Benefits Approval system, eliminating the offsets, DAV mid-winter conference.

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2009

Legislative Bulletin — December 2009

Advance appropriations legislation signed into law, Senate passes major veterans legislation to aid caregivers, women veterans, VA appropriations near approval for fiscal year 2010.

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Legislative Bulletin — October 2009

Advance appropriations legislation passed by House and Senate, pending legislation, veteran scam alert, DAV Virtual March success, VA appropriations, Stand Up for Veterans initiative wins film awards.

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Legislative Bulletin — June 2009

House approves four veterans bills, House and Senate mark-ups, House appropriations bill, advance appropriations, improving VA’s disability claims process, toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, Stand Up For Veterans.

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Legislative Bulletin — April 2009

Fiscal year 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Process, administration budget, veterans’ affairs committees views and estimates, House and Senate budget resolutions, presidential action, Stand Up for Veterans, pending legislation.

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Legislative Bulletin — February 2009

Advance appropriations legislation introduced, The Independent Budget for fiscal year 2010 released, stimulus bill provisions, 2009 Mid-Winter Conference.

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2008

Legislative Bulletin — December 2008

Shinseki nominated for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Filner reelected as chairman of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Akaka renamed chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, summary of DAV legislative activities.

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Legislative Bulletin — October 2008

Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2008, Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2009, Veterans’ Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008, Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008.

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Legislative Bulletin — June 2008

Appropriations, H. Con. Res. 336, H.R. 5892, H.R. 634, H.R. 3681, mark-up on pending legislation, Stand Up For Veterans initiative.

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Legislative Bulletin — April 2008

Fiscal year 2009 Department of Veterans Affairs budget, Stand Up For Veterans, pending legislation, mark-up on pending legislation.

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Legislative Bulletin — February 2008

Fiscal year 2009 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget, Stand Up For Veterans Initiative, DAV Mid-Winter Conference 2008, DAV opposes S. 2674 and H.R. 5509.

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