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house Bill H.R. 1199

Should the VA Make Its Websites Accessible for Individuals With Disabilities?

Argument in favor

Given the number of veterans with visual impairments ranging from blindness to low vision, the VA’s websites need to be accessible to those with disabilities. This bill would help ensure that the VA fulfills existing legal requirements to that effect, instead of dragging its feet on making its websites accessible.

burrkitty's Opinion
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10/14/2019
Is this a trick question? Dosn’t the VA primary deal with sick and wounded veterans? So shouldn’t this be obvious?
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jimK's Opinion
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10/14/2019
Yes, just do it. Vets with disabilities that hinder web access need to be accommodated and should be. Making this mandatory will ensure that it gets done and not further postponed for anyone of many possible bureaucratic delays.
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Bluewitsend's Opinion
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10/14/2019
Yes it’s very important to include the disabled in every way possible. It’s the right thing to do.
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Argument opposed

The VA has repeatedly reported that it’s working towards compliance with existing laws requiring its websites to be accessible. This bill wouldn’t change the VA’s progress towards that goal, and might even slow it down if the study it requires takes away from valuable personnel hours that would otherwise be spent on site updates.

JTJ's Opinion
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10/15/2019
It’s already being done, this is unnecessary.
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Gregory's Opinion
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10/14/2019
The VA should be for those who served in the military only.
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Just.Dave's Opinion
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10/15/2019
I'm a little confused by some of the comments... I thought that this was talking about the VA making it's website more accessible for the disabled veterans... I didn't see anything about me, an epileptic who has always been unable to serve in the military, being allowed any service provided by the VA... Yet so many comments are about people complaining that other people with disabilities not related to service "need to stay away from the VA, it's for veterans only!" Yeah, I think we got that. The VA has got a lot to do in multiple areas, but keep the money in their actual treatment, rather than wasting money on redundancy... Both Windows and IOS have accessibilty features to aide the disabled.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Oversight and Investigations
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2019