Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for Division C of H.R. 3219 – Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Listed in Alphabetical Order

July 25, 2017 6:08 PM

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Barr (KY)

#46

LATE Transfers $5 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs General Administration account to the VA’s Equine Assisted Therapy Grant Program.

Bergman (MI)

#26

WITHDRAWN Reduces the Overseas Contingency Operations’ Army Military Construction Account by $7,000,000,reduces the Overseas Contingency Operations’ Defense Wide Construction Account by $19,300,000, and transfers the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.

Bergman (MI)

#27

REVISED Amendment reduces the Veterans Benefits Administration’s General Operating Expenses account by $30,000,000 and increases the Information Technology Systems Development, Modernization, and Enhancement account by the Same amount.

Beyer (VA), Blumenauer (OR)

#1

REVISED States none of the funds made available in this Act may be used to reimburse lodging expenses of a Federal employee or official in the course of official Government travel or business at any Trump brand property.

Beyer (VA)

#25

Requires Vet Centers develop a program to partner with organizations that provide outdoor experiences for veterans as part of a continuum of care that helps support veterans in developing a community of support to treat combat-related injuries.

Blumenauer (OR), Amash (MI), Curbelo (FL), Gaetz (FL), Garrett (VA), McClintock (CA), Reed (NY), Rohrabacher (CA), Cohen (TN), Young, Don (AK), Lee, Barbara (CA), Perlmutter (CO), Polis (CO), Titus (NV), Hunter (CA), Pocan (WI), DeFazio (OR), Correa (CA)

#42

Prohibits funds from being used to limit or interfere with the ability of VA healthcare providers to make appropriate recommendations, fill out forms or take steps to comply with a medicinal marijuana program approved by a state.

Blumenauer (OR), Amash (MI), Curbelo (FL), Gaetz (FL), Garrett (VA), McClintock (CA), Reed (NY), Rohrabacher (CA), Young, Don (AK), Cohen (TN), Correa (CA), Lee, Barbara (CA), Perlmutter (CO), Polis (CO), Titus (NV), Hunter (CA), Pocan (WI), DeFazio (OR)

#43

Prohibits funds from being used to limit or interfere with the ability of VA healthcare providers to make appropriate recommendations, fill out forms or take steps to comply with a medicinal marijuana program approved by a state.

Boyle (PA)

#49

LATE Prohibits taxpayer dollars being used to pay for the legal team and in-house special counsel on Russia investigation related to the President and family members

Brat (VA), Titus (NV), Poe (TX), Khanna (CA), Mast (FL), Lieu (CA)

#6

Prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs from spending money on a study that causes significant pain or distress to dogs. Clarifies that training programs or studies of service dogs are not included in the ban on funding.

Brooks, Susan (IN)

#20

Prevents funding from being used to implement, administer, or enforce a March 2017 VA memorandum which changed contracting rules that have been used for decades to give jobs to the visually impaired. The amendment aims to protect the jobs of the thousands of disabled individuals, including thousands of disabled veterans, employed by the AbilityOne program.

Brownley (CA), Poliquin (ME), Pingree (ME)

#7

Permits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out 27 major medical facility leases proposed in the FY 2016, FY 2017, and FY 2018 budgets.

Brownley (CA)

#8

Requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to submit its report on its new electronic health record to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs, in addition to the Committees on Appropriations.

Brownley (CA)

#38

Adds additional requirements for the required report on DOD/VA electronic health records integration.

Castro (TX)

#35

Requires the VA to conduct compensation and pension (C&P) examinations for veterans who are not permitted to return to the United States.

Cohen (TN)

#17

Prohibits the use of funds to enter into any new contract, grant, or cooperative agreement with any Trump related business listed in the President Trump’s Annual Financial Disclosure Report submitted to the Office of Government Ethics as well as certain Trump related properties listed on the Trump Organization’s website.

Cohen (TN)

#18

Prohibits the use of funds to enter into any new contract, grant, or cooperative agreement with any Trump related business listed in the President Trump’s Annual Financial Disclosure Report submitted to the Office of Government Ethics.

Connolly (VA)

#24

REVISED Prohibits the use of funds for charging homeless veterans a fee to obtain a veterans identification card.

DeSantis (FL)

#50

LATE Reduces the salary of any employee covered by division C that devotes 100 percent of the employee’s time to “official time” to $1.

Dunn (FL)

#14

REVISED Prohibits funding to award bonuses to senior executive service employees within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dunn (FL)

#15

WITHDRAWN Reduces the Air Force Military Construction Account by $17 million and increases the Air Force Military Construction Account by $17 million to encourage construction of the fire station at Tyndall AFB authorized by the NDAA FY18.

Dunn (FL), Gaetz (FL)

#37

WITHDRAWN Reduces the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force account by $30 million and increases the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force to accelerate deployment of Air Force Major Range Test Facility Base (MRTFB) open-air range capabilities in the Eastern Gulf needed to meet research & development requirements for fielding next generation platforms and air armament systems.

Green, Al (TX)

#47

LATE REVISED Increases Homeless Veteran Treatment by $70 million, and decreases General expenses account by $70 million.

Green, Al (TX)

#48

LATE Prohibits funds from being made available to the Army Corps of Engineers to consult or advise on the construction of a Border Wall along the U.S. - Mexico border.

Jackson Lee (TX)

#4

REVISED Increases the amount of funding for Supportive Services for Veterans Families by $2 million offset by a reduction of a $2.5 million in the funding for the VA's Information Technology Systems.

Jackson Lee (TX)

#5

REVISED Prohibits the use of funds in contravention of the U.S. Code regarding benefits for homeless veterans in training and outreach programs.

Keating (MA)

#39

Directs the VA to create an opioid abuse healthcare kit for community healthcare providers.

Kihuen (NV)

#10

REVISED Ensures that no funds are distributed to federal contractors unless they pay their hourly employees a minimum of $15 per hour.

Kihuen (NV), Eshoo (CA)

#11

Requires that within 30 days of being awarded a contract for the procurement of goods and services, firms report all political expenditures for the two years before the date of award.

Kihuen (NV)

#12

Cuts and restores funding for medical services in the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to emphasize the responsibility of the Department Veterans Affairs to provide services to veterans and maintain health care clinics in rural communities.

Kildee (MI)

#19

Moves $100m from rescinded VA medical services funds back into VA medical services, to be used to increase funding for veterans' suicide prevention programs.

King, Steve (IA)

#40

Ensures that no funds are used to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis-Bacon Act.

Lujan Grisham (NM), Lujan (NM)

#28

Prioritizes funding for hiring more doctors, nurses, and medical staff at VA medical centers.

Maloney, Sean (NY)

#13

Prohibits funds from being used to contravene the President’s Executive Order pertaining to equal employment in Federal government contracting.

Moore, Gwen (WI)

#30

Bars the Army Corps of Engineers from using funds in the bill to test wall or fencing to be used along our southern border.

Moore, Gwen (WI)

#31

Bars the use of taxpayer funds in the VA-Military Construction bill to pay for a border wall, fence, or infrastructure along our southern border.

Murphy, Tim (PA)

#44

Allows the VA to contract with community and non-profit mental health networks to address the issue of veteran suicide.

Nadler (NY), Cicilline (RI)

#3

Strikes Section 512 which prohibits DOD from constructing or expanding facilities in the US to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

Nolan (MN)

#51

LATE Increases Grants for Construction of State Extended Care Facilities from $90 million to $100 million, offset with a combination of commensurate funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs General Administration Account and Military Construction Account, Defense-Wide.

Norcross (NJ)

#32

WITHDRAWN Defunds the Department of Defense Base Closure Account and doubles the amount appropriated through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act for opioid addiction treatment

Norcross (NJ)

#33

Specifies $5 million of funds for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders(PTSD) research for the purpose of studying the issues affecting veterans with PTSD and an opioid dependency.

Norcross (NJ)

#34

Prohibits the use of funds to support the medical training of medical residents who have not taken an accredited course in addiction management.

O'Halleran (AZ), Gallego (AZ)

#36

Prohibits funding to implement changes to the individual unemployability program on the basis of age.

Perry (PA)

#41

Prohibits the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis Bacon Act.

Ratcliffe (TX), Shuster (PA)

#2

Prohibits funds from being used to propose, plan, or execute a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

Rooney, Francis (FL)

#22

WITHDRAWN Prohibits the use of funds to be used to implement, administer, or enforce the prevailing wage requirements in subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Davis-Bacon Act).

Rooney, Francis (FL)

#23

WITHDRAWN Prohibits the use of funds to be used to implement or enforce Executive Order 13502.

Roybal-Allard (CA)

#16

Prohibits the use of funds for Border Wall Construction.

Schrader (OR)

#29

Adds a ten year statute of limitations to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide certainty that our soldiers and veterans will not be taken advantage of while they serve our country.

Takano (CA), Shea-Porter (NH)

#21

Prohibits postsecondary educational institutions from using revenues derived from Military Tuition Assistance funds for advertising, marketing, and recruitment activities.

Vargas (CA), Takano (CA)

#9

Requests that the VA Foreign Medical Program set aside one million dollars to conduct compensation and pension examinations for veterans who reside abroad.

Welch (VT)

#45

Reduces funds for the General Administration account by $50,000 and increases the Medical Services account by the same amount. This money would be directed to fund a study on the prescription drug prices paid by the VA, as well as patient satisfaction with each program.