WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, For Country Caucus Chairs U.S. Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.) and Vice Chairs Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) and Michael Waltz (R-Fla) released the following statement: “As military veterans ser...
For Country Caucus provides principled military veteran members a platform to work in a nonpartisan way and create a more productive government. For Country’s vision is a less polarized Congress that works for — and is trusted by — Americans. We seek a Congress where members serve with integrity, civility and courage. And we want a Congress that is strategic in purpose, focused in action and where elected officials put their country first.
|Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act (H.R. 2481)||Classified certain survivor benefits available to Gold Star Families as earned income, significantly reducing their tax burden||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Appointment of a Chief Digital Engineering and Management Officer||Authorizes the Secretary of Defense to appoint a Chief Digital Engineering Recruitment and Management Officer, responsible for promoting a digital expertise and software development skills||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Fallen Heroes Family Travel Act (H.R. 3065)||Authorizes reimbursement of costs to transport the remains of a covered decedent to no more than two places selected by the person designated to direct disposition of the remains||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Meetings of Service Chiefs and Surviving Families||Requires the service chiefs to meet periodically with representative groups of survivors to receive feedback regarding issues affecting survivors||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Full Military Honors Act (H.R. 1019)||Provides full military honors for Medal of Honor recipients and prisoners of war||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Death Benefits for Servicemembers in the Career Intermission Program||Authorizes servicemembers participating in a career intermission program to be eligible for death benefits while part of the program.||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Occupational License Transportability Improvements for Relocated Spouses||Requires the Secretary of Defense to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Council of State Governments to assist with the funding and development of interstate compacts on licensed occupations||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Expansion of Childcare Resources for Surviving Family Members||Authorizes financial assistance to childcare providers who serve surviving family members of servicemembers who die in the line of duty||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Widow's Tax Repeal (H.R. 553)||Provides for a 3-year phase out of the Widows' Tax||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (H.R. 1534)||Provides paid leave to federal employees in connection with the birth or placement of a child||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Afghan Allies Protection Act (H.R. 2796)||Makes an additional 4,000 visas available through the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Report on Improving the Special Immigrant Visa Program||Requires the State Department IG to sumbit a report that evaluates the obstacles to protection of Afghan and Iraqi allies through the Special Immigrant Visa Program||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|NATO Support Act (H.R. 676)||Expresses the sense of Congress that NATO is critical to achieving United States national security interests and defense objectives around the world||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Copyright Protection for Civilian Faculty Members of Military Institutions||Provides that, for the purposes of copyright, a work produced by a civilian member of the faculty is only a work of the US Government if created in direct support of a the curriculum||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Better Military Housing Act (H.R. 2811)||Requires the Department of Defense to develop and implement a plan to address health, safety, and quality issues at privatized military housing and develop a Tenant Bill of Rights||12/20/19||Became Law (FY20 NDAA)|
|Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act (H.R. 3749)||Establishes as VA grant program to provide funding to entities that provide legal services for homeless veterans and veterans at risk for homelessness||2/25/20||Passed House|
|Federally Requiring Earned Education-debt Discharges (FREED) for Vets Act (H.R. 3598)||Automatically discharges the loans of certain veteran borrowers||3/10/20||Passed House|
|Public Health Ready Reserve Corps||Establishes a Public Health Ready Reserve Corps to ensure we have enough trained doctors and nurses||3/27/20||Became Law (CARES Act)|
|Liability Protection for Volunteer Health Workers||Establishes liability protection for volunteer health care workers supporting COVID-19 response efforts||3/27/20||Became Law (CARES Act)|
|National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (H.R. 4194)||Requires the Federal Communications Commission to designate 9-8-8 as the universal telephone number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline||5/13/20||Passed Senate|
|Extension of National Guard Orders during COVID-19 Pandemic||The President issued an Executive Memorandum extending federal support for National Guard service members supporting COVID-19 response operations through August 21st||6/2/20||Orders Extended (85 FR 34955)|
|Representative||Bill Number||Bill Name||Date of Endorsement||Passed House|
|Rep. Michael Waltz (FL-06)||H.R. 1911||The SFC Brian Woods Gold Star and Military Survivors Act||5/15/19|
|Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-02)||H.R. 2481||The Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act||5/16/19||Passed in NDAA|
|Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06)||H.R. 5046||The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act||11/12/19|
|Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18)||H.R. 2846||The Improving Veterans Access to Congressional Services Act||11/19/19|
|Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)||H.R. 3749||The Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act||11/21/19||Yes|
|Rep. Conor Lamb||H.R. 3598||The Federally Requiring Earned Education-debt Discharges for Vets Act (FREED Vets Act)||3/5/20|
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the members of the For Country Caucus issued a statement announcing their support for H.R. 35 - Emmitt Till Antilynching Act, which was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and is awaiting approval in the U.S. Senate...