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Background
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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. The committee was created in 1946.[1]

Leadership

114th Congress

The committee chairman in the 114th Congress is Jeff Miller (R).

113th Congress

Jeff Miller (R) retained his role as committee chair in the 113th Congress.[2]

112th Congress

The committee chairman in the 112th Congress was Jeff Miller (R).

Membership

2015-2016 (114th Congress)

Committee on Veterans' Affairs Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (10)Republican members (14)
Corrine Brown (Florida) Ranking Member Jeff Miller (Florida) Chairman
Mark Takano (California) Doug Lamborn (Colorado)
Julia Brownley (California) Gus M. Bilirakis (Florida) Vice Chairman
Dina Titus (Nevada) David P. Roe (Tennessee)
Raul Ruiz (California) Dan Benishek (Michigan)
Ann McLane Kuster (New Hampshire) Tim Huelskamp (Kansas)
Beto O'Rourke (Texas) Mike Coffman (Colorado)
Kathleen M. Rice (New York) Brad Wenstrup (Ohio)
Jerry McNerney (California) Jackie Walorski (Indiana)
Tim Walz (Minnesota) Ralph Abraham (Louisiana)
Lee Zeldin (New York)
Ryan Costello (Pennsylvania)
Amata Radewagen (American Samoa)
Mike Bost (Illinois)

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Committee legislation

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the legislation coming out of each committee.


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Subcommittees

Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA)

Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (3)Republican members (5)
Dina Titus Ranking MemberRalph Abraham Chairman
Julia Brownley Doug Lamborn
Raul Ruiz Lee Zeldin
Ryan Costello
Mike Bost

Jurisdiction: legislative, oversight, and investigative jurisdiction over compensation; general and special pensions of all the wars of the United States.[3]

Economic Opportunity (EO)

  • 114th Congress Chairman: [[Brad Wenstrup) (OH-2)
  • 113th Congress Chairman: Bill Flores (TX-17)
  • 112th Congress Chairman: Marlin Stutzman (IN-3)
Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (3)Republican members (5)
Mark Takano Ranking MemberBrad Wenstrup Chairman
Dina Titus Lee Zeldin
Kathleen M. Rice Amata Radewagen
Ryan Costello
Mike Bost

Jurisdiction: legislative, oversight, and investigative jurisdiction over education of veterans, employment and training of veterans, vocational rehabilitation, veterans' housing programs, readjustment of servicemembers to civilian life, and servicemembers civil relief.[3]

Health

Subcommittee on Health Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (5)Republican members (7)
Julia Brownley Ranking MemberDan Benishek Chairman
Mark Takano Gus Bilirakis
Raul Ruiz Phil Roe
Ann Kuster Tim Huelskamp
Beto O'Rourke Mike Coffman
Brad Wenstrup
Ralph Abraham

Jurisdiction: legislative, oversight, and investigative jurisdiction over the Veterans Health Administration including medical services, medical support and compliance, medical facilities, medical and prosthetic research, and major and minor construction.[3]

Oversight and Investigations (O&I)

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (3)Republican members (6)
Ann Kuster Ranking MemberMike Coffman Chairman
Beto O'Rourke Doug Lamborn
Kathleen M. Rice Phil Roe
Dan Benishek
Tim Huelskamp
Jackie Walorski

Jurisdiction: veterans’ matters generally and such other matters as may be referred to the Subcommittee by the Chairman of the full Committee. The Subcommittee provides oversight on programs and operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as those of other federal agencies that pertain to veterans. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Subcommittee conducts hearings, site visits, and investigations nationwide. The Subcommittee’s legislative jurisdiction is over such bills or resolutions as may be referred to it by the Chairman of the full Committee.[3]

Jurisdiction

According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Veterans' Affairs Committee includes the following:

  1. authorizing Committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  2. recommends legislation expanding, curtailing, or fine-tuning existing laws relating to veterans' benefits.
  3. oversight responsibility, which means monitoring and evaluating the operations of the VA. If the Committee finds the that VA is not administering laws as Congress intended, then it is "corrected" through the hearing process and legislation.

Contact

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
335 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-3527
Fax: (202) 225-5486

See also

External links

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