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September 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the mark-up of the House Veteran's Affairs Committee component of the reconciliation package, the committee approved a budget including $18 billion in new investments to upgrade the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) aging physical infrastructure, support the department’s workforce, and reinforce the support structures that serve our nation’s veterans.

May 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote H.R. 2878, a legislative package to support Native American, student and homeless veterans which includes the Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program Act, which was introduced by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK).

May 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the House Veterans Affairs Committee passed H.R. 2878, the Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program Act. The bipartisan bill was reintroduced last week by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) to connect Native veterans and their families to VA services and vocational support by expanding the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Rep. Greg Murphy, M.D. (R-NC) introduced the VA FOIA Reform Act to increase transparency at the Department of Veterans Affairs by addressing the VA’s backlog of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The bill was included in a House Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations legislative hearing which occurred today.

December 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House passed by voice vote a comprehensive veterans’ legislative package, H.R. 7105, that included Rep. Gallego’s bill H.R. 4908, Native American Veteran Parity in Access to Care Today (PACT) Act. The package also includes provisions supported by Congressman Gallego to assist homeless veterans, improve women’s access to the VA, enhance benefits to veterans and their families, and help student veterans who’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, H.R. 6237, the PRC for Native Veterans Act introduced by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), passed the House of Representatives by voice vote. The PRC for Native Veterans Act would require the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to reimburse the Indian Health Service (IHS) and Tribally-run health facilities for purchased and referred care (PRC) used for Native American veterans.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Armed Services Committee passed amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), introduced by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), to strengthen cooperation and coordination between the United States and Taiwan in order to protect our national security and businesses and to improve responses to future pandemics.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2020

Contact: christina.carr@mail.house.gov | (202) 225-4065

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), introduced by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), that would encourage the military services to implement policies allowing individuals to reenlist even if they admit to having used marijuana.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Armed Services Committee begins its markup the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision authored by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) that would restore federal funding for Stars and Stripes.

February 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced the Restore Veterans’ Compensation Act, legislation that would prevent the federal government from forcing veterans to return separation pay if they later qualify for VA disability benefits. The bill also makes other changes to the Department of Defense’s recoupment policies to make them fairer to veterans.