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house Bill H.R. 2942

Licensure and Certification for Veterans: Reestablishing a Defunct VA Committee

Argument in favor

Would aid in lowering the veteran unemployment rate and save veterans both time and money.

Argument opposed

A lingering concern that this is the wrong moment to give the VA additional oversight of anything.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed May 28th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Economic Opportunity
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedAugust 1st, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 2942?

This bill would reestablish the Professional Certification and Licensure Advisory Committee (PCLAC) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through December 31, 2019. According to the Department of Labor, the “PCLAC advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on credentialing organizations seeking to be recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs in order that veterans can use GI educational benefits to pay the cost of certification tests.” The Committee has been defunct since December 31, 2006.

Impact

This bill impacts veterans who are looking for civilian jobs that require licensure or certification (for example, a veteran seeking to become an EMT). Veterans often leave the military with skills that would afford them employment in a certain field, save for not having licensing or certification.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2942

The VA estimates no significant impact on the budget. A CBO cost is not yet available.

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to reestablish the Professional Certification and Licensure Advisory Committee of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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