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Jul 26, 2010

Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for

H.R. 5822 - Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes.

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Listed in Alphabetical Order

Jul 26, 2010 6:26 PM



Bachmann (MN)


Revised Would ensure that no funds made available through the FY2011 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act will be used to produce, publish or distribute information that would encourage veterans to pursue suicide or assisted suicide.

Biggert (IL)


Would permit the Secretary to create a demonstration program to assess the effectiveness of offering vocational and financial counseling services to veterans at Vet Centers.

Bilirakis (FL)


Would require the Veterans Administration to acquire and construct up to four long-term care residential brain injury medical facilities.

Bishop, Tim (NY)


Would prohibit any funds in the bill from being used to pay the salary of an employee who has received a diploma from a diploma mill.

Boehner (OH)


Would reduce funding for the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs within the Department of Administration by $2,868,000.

Boehner (OH)


Would reduce funding for the Office of Policy and Planning within the Department of Veterans Affairs by $14,181,000.

Boehner (OH)


Would reduce funding for the VA-Informational Technology by $45 million.

Brown-Waite (FL)


Would appropriate $36,000,000 for health care for women veterans within the Department of Veterans Affairs, as authorized by title II of the Caregivers of Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. The funding is offset by reducing the IT account.

Butterfield (NC)


Would expand the documentation accepted by the Secretary of Defense when considering World War II era Merchant Mariners' application for Veteran's status and limited benefits that were made available through enactment of the GI Bill Improvement Act of 1977 (PL 95-202) and the Veterans Programs Enhancement Act of 1998 (PL 105-368).

Buyer (IN)


Would provide $10 million to fund additional professional level VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment counselors.

Buyer (IN)


Revised Would transfer $230 million from the VA Information Technology Systems account and add $2 million to the VBA GOE for a Voc Rehab study, $48 million to VA Medical Services for suicide prevention and homeless programs, and $50 million for VA Medical Research.

Buyer (IN)


Would provide $162,734,000 of the amounts appropriated for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Minor Construction for renewable energy projects at VA medical facility campuses.

Buyer (IN)


Would provide $10 million to fund the second year of the VA-US Paralympics Adaptive Sports Program for disabled veterans.

Buyer (IN)


Revised Would provide $5 million to contract for services to verify ownership and control of businesses listed in the VA’ database of veteran-owned business.

Cuellar (TX)


Would prohibit first class travel under this Act.

Dent (PA)


Would require that not later than 120 days after the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Veterans Administration shall submit a study to Congress detailing the criteria utilized for determining the placement of Veteran Centers, the efficacy of the current criteria in serving United States veterans, including the men and women returning from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and possible alternative criteria that would better recognize unique regional needs.

Djou (HI)


Would restore the Presidential level of funding for the Guam realignment and to maintain a robust military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Funding for the restoration was reallocated from military construction accounts that were above the President’s request.

Edwards, Chet (TX)


Would provide that $16.5 million of the funds appropriated to "Military Construction, Army" be made available for a Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas.

Flake, Jeff (AZ)


Would prohibit funding for all of the member-requested earmarks for military construction projects.

Garrett (NJ), Adler (NJ), Lance (NJ)


Revised Would increase funding for the Grants for Construction of State Veterans Cemeteries account by $7,000,000 and decrease funding for the Grants for Construction, Minor Projects account by $7,000,000.

Gingrey (GA)


Would prohibit funds under the Act from being used to exercise the power of eminent domain without payment of just compensation.

Gingrey (GA)


Revised Would prohibit any funds appropriated under the Act to be used to renovate or construct any facility within the Continental United States for the purpose of housing any individual who has been detained, at any time after September 11, 2001, at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Gingrey (GA)


Would prohibit funds appropriated in the Act to be used or obligated to carry out provisions outside the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations.

Gingrey (GA)


Would prohibit funds appropriated in the Act to be used for federal employees participating in union activities on official work time.

Halvorson (IL)


Would subtract $10,000,000 from General Operating Expenses and will add $10,000,000 to Major Construction Projects.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Would prohibit the use of funds to acquire land or construct any buildings in Lake Park, Florida.

Hill (IN)


Would decrease the Veteran’s Administration General Operating Expense account by $100,000, then increase it by $100,000, for the purpose of directing the VA to examine its practices in how it accounts for returned Post-9/11 GI Benefit payments from either a veteran or an institute of higher learning, and for the purpose of directing the VA to issue a report to Congress no later than Jan 1, 2011, on any changes made or planned to be made to increase efficiency and timeliness of accounting for returned payments.

Holt (NJ)


Would instruct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to set aside at least $20 million for suicide outreach prevention via direct advertising and the use of online social media.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Would require that any individualized education program that was developed for a dependent of the member with special needs be accepted and implemented by the local educational agency in which the dependent is enrolled upon the permanent station, upon the request of a member of the Armed Forces who makes a change of permanent station from one State to another, or within a State but to a residence within a different local educational district.

King, Steve (IA)


Would prohibit any funds in the Act from being used to employ illegal workers as defined in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Mitchell (AZ), Roe (TN)


Withdrawn Would increase funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention and outreach efforts by $1.8 million. The increase is fully offset by a reduction in the Veterans Affairs Departmental Administration, General Operating Expenses.

Moran, Jerry (KS)


Would prohibit funding for the VA to forward the names of veterans to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) - which prevents individuals from purchasing and possessing firearms - without a judicial authority first determining that these individuals pose a danger to themselves or others. Currently, the VA denies gun ownership rights to veterans for whom they appoint a fiduciary to assist in managing their financial affairs, a decision based solely on a veteran’s capacity to manage his or her VA funds and not on information relevant to a veteran’s capacity to own and purchase firearms.

Murphy, Christopher (CT)


Would require that bids for contracts awarded through Title I contain a jobs impact statement. A jobs impact statement assesses the amount of domestic jobs created or retained through the award of a contract.

Peters (MI)


Revised Would decrease the Veteran’s Administration General Operating Expense account by $50,000, then increase it by $50,000, for the purpose of directing the VA to implement a program that would re-label prescription drugs used in VA hospitals to be sent home with discharged patients for outpatient use. Currently, veterans often have to go right to the pharmacy to refill what was discarded.

Peters (MI)


Revised Would decrease the Veteran’s Administration General Operating Expense account by $150,000, then increase it by $150,000, for the purpose of directing the VA to create a program to review all contracts after every 90 day period of inactivity to determine if the funds obligated for the contract could be deobligated and returned to the account from which the funds were obligated to be put to better use.

Roe (TN)


Revised Would transfer $45 million of the funds appropriated for the Department of Veterans Affairs office of Administration-Information Technology to the funds made available to the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General to reduce the audits for Community Based Outpatient Clinics from a 25 year cycle to a 5 year cycle.

Schock (IL)


Would move $556,170 from the American Battle Monuments Commission Salaries and Expenses account to the Vocational Rehabilitation Loans Program account for the purpose of fully-funding the estimated 3,286 loans the Department of Veterans Affairs will make in FY2011. These loans are capped at $1,095 and are available to service-connected disabled veterans enrolled in vocational rehabilitation programs when the veteran is temporarily in need of additional assistance. Loans of this sort are generally paid back within one calendar year.