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house Bill H.R. 2464

Nursing Homes, VA Loans, and Increased Accountability of Senior VA Officials

Argument in favor

When things go wrong at the VA, Congress will know about it quickly. No bonuses for VA managers with unresolved issues. Gives veterans in nursing homes more options.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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12/17/2015
Giving veterans more options is exactly what we need to provide to these courageous people that sacrificed so much to help sustain our personal freedom in the United States. We need to put more pressure on senior officials of the VA so that they do their job efficiently.
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Patrick's Opinion
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07/10/2015
Better option would be to abolish the VA and let vets get their own health care
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Alis's Opinion
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07/02/2015
We need to provide EVERY service veterans need willingly & without debate. OR we must stop sending people for 10 tours to war NOW! Make up your minds! Either pay for the consequences of war or stop the wars!!
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Argument opposed

There's more procedure than substance here, and the bill will do little to alleviate systemwide VA dysfunction. Increasing fees on loans to veterans feels inappropriate at this juncture.

David's Opinion
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07/12/2015
Congressional micromanagement will not improve services. Let professionals do their job with adequate funding.
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Lesia's Opinion
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07/06/2015
This is garbage. We find the money to send people to war and we owe them quality healthcare
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wpeckham's Opinion
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07/17/2015
Does every one of these bills have to include a horrible idea long-sighted good one?
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Health
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedMay 20th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 2464?

A portion of this bill arrives as a legislative response to the ongoing VA scandal. It has two main parts. The first of these requires the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to tell Congress when/if the VA Secretary is not appropriately responding to a "pubic health or safety issue." The second component deals with the turnaround time for the VA Secretary to submit names of VA managers involved in such issues. The details of the turnaround time are below. The bill also "prohibits the Secretary from paying a bonus award to any manager whose issue remains unresolved." 

The bill's second main component addresses veterans in nursing homes, stating that for a three-year period beginning on October 1st, 2014 (the start of Fiscal Year 2015), veterans who wish to move to a non-VA foster home may do so, upon that home getting the okay form the VA. 

The last primary component of the bill deals with fees attached to guaranteed loans offered through the VA. The Congressional Budgeting Office (CBO) states that the bill would:

increase the fees charged to certain veterans who obtain loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It also would extend VA’s authority to verify income reported by recipients of VA pension benefits using data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).     

Impact

If enacted, the bill would impact three main demographics: VA senior-level officials and managers, veterans in nursing homes, and veterans seeking loans through the VA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2464

$352.00 Million
According to the CBO, while the bill would decrease direct spending by $182 million from 2014-18 by means of increased fees on loans, the bill would also increase appropriations spending by $170 million over that same period.

More Information

In Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI) argued in a press release that the bill would ensure that the VA does its job:
"Bringing accountability and oversight to the VA remains an ongoing priority.  We must hold these bureaucrats accountable when they fail to live up to their mission to provide quality care to every veteran in need."
Of Note: As it relates to the VA scandal, this bill would, according to the Congressional Research Service bill summary, require the  VA Secretary, upon notification of a public health or safety issue to: 
(1) within 15 days after such notification, to submit to the IG a list of the names of each responsible VA manager and the matter for which the manager is responsible; (2) within 7 days after such submission, to notify each such manager of the covered issue; (3) to direct such manager to resolve the issue, (4) to provide the manager with appropriate counseling and a mitigation plan for resolving the issue; and (5) to ensure that a manager's performance review includes an evaluation of actions taken with respect to such issue.

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AKA

Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the accountability of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs.