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senate Bill S. 2372

VA MISSION Act: Establishing the VA Community Care Program & Modernizing VA Infrastructure

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill would streamline the VA’s duplicative community care programs into one, ensuring veterans are able to access non-VA care in their communities when VA care would be deficient in quality or timeliness.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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05/14/2018
Sadly, once again, my Representative STEVE COHEN (D) , TENNESSEE 9th Congressional District voted NAY on this bill: VA MISSION ACT. DEMOCRATIC TO THE CORE. 🤬🤬🤬
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Matthew's Opinion
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05/16/2018
Take care of those we asked to fight pointless wars.
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Tooluser1's Opinion
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05/16/2018
The VA is *always* deficient in quality and timeliness. That is the definition of government healthcare.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t be trying to make subsidized care at non-VA facilities more accessible for veterans, even if it’s because comparable VA care would be deficient in quality or timeliness. It should only focus on making the VA better.

IllWill's Opinion
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05/16/2018
Some parts of this bill appear to be designed to introduce creeping privatization of the VA. The real problem at the VA is the lack of funding! Maybe if our representatives stopped allocating so much money for war, they could allocate more money for taking care of the veterans who fought in those wars.
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Olivier's Opinion
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05/16/2018
We should not be privitizing heathcare. The VA needs more funding in general.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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05/16/2018
The government is responsible for the veterans because the government sent them to war. Privatization of the care for our veterans is reprehensible. The government must live up to its responsibly. If they don’t want to live up to their responsibility then STOP CREATING WARS.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedJune 6th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed May 16th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 347 Yea / 70 Nay
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The senate Passed March 1st, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 5th, 2018

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bill Progress


  • EnactedJune 6th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed May 16th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 347 Yea / 70 Nay
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The senate Passed March 1st, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 5th, 2018

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in Senate
  • referral
    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
  • action
    Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
  • vote
    Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
  • action
    Received in the House.
  • referral
    Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • referral
    Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.
  • action
    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 891 Reported to House. The resolution provides for 1 hour of general on all three bills. For H.R. 5698 and H.R. 2, the resolution provides for consideration under a structured rule. For S. 2372, the resolution provides for consideration under a closed rule. Finally, the resolution provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions on all three bills.
  • action
    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 891.
  • action
    The resolution provides for 1 hour of general on all three bills. For H.R. 5698 and H.R. 2, the resolution provides for consideration under a structured rule. For S. 2372, the resolution provides for consideration under a closed rule. Finally, the resolution provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions on all three bills.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 2372.
  • action
    The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
  • action
    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on S. 2372, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill and by voice vote announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Roe (TN) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of S. 2372 until later in the legislative day.
  • action
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • vote
    On passage Passed by recorded vote: 347 - 70 (Roll no. 189).
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • action
    Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate bill.
  • action
    Motion to proceed to consideration of the House message to accompany S. 2372 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
  • action
    Measure laid before Senate by motion.
  • action
    Motion by Senator McConnell to concur in the House amendment to S. 2372 made in Senate.
  • action
    Cloture motion on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 2372 presented in Senate.
  • action
    Motion by Senator McConnell to concur in the House amendment to S. 2372 with an amendment (SA 2246) made in Senate.
  • action
    Motion by Senator McConnell to refer to Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs the House message to accompany S. 2372 with instructions to report back forthwith with the following amendment (SA 2248) made in Senate.
  • action
    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 121, enrollment corrections on S. 2372 have been made.
  • action
    Cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 2372 invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 91 - 4. Record Vote Number: 104.
  • action
    Considered by Senate (Message from the House considered).
  • action
    Motion by Senator McConnell to refer to Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs the House message to accompany S. 2372 with instructions to report back forthwith with the following amendment (SA 2248) fell when cloture invoked on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 2372 in Senate.
  • action
    Considered by Senate (Message from the House considered).
  • vote
    Senate agreed to the House amendment to S. 2372 by Yea-Nay Vote. 92 - 5. Record Vote Number: 106.
  • action
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • topresident
    Presented to President.
  • signed
    Signed by President.
  • enacted
    Became Public Law No: 115-182.
    Sadly, once again, my Representative STEVE COHEN (D) , TENNESSEE 9th Congressional District voted NAY on this bill: VA MISSION ACT. DEMOCRATIC TO THE CORE. 🤬🤬🤬
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    Some parts of this bill appear to be designed to introduce creeping privatization of the VA. The real problem at the VA is the lack of funding! Maybe if our representatives stopped allocating so much money for war, they could allocate more money for taking care of the veterans who fought in those wars.
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    We should not be privitizing heathcare. The VA needs more funding in general.
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    The government is responsible for the veterans because the government sent them to war. Privatization of the care for our veterans is reprehensible. The government must live up to its responsibly. If they don’t want to live up to their responsibility then STOP CREATING WARS.
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    This is an attempt to privatise the VA . At presant, I have acsess to any otside doctors. Right now I am using two doctors not connected with VA., but athorized by Lowell Federal Health Care formally known as The North Chicago VA Hospital.
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    As a veteran, the VA already has this in place, it’s known as the choice card, if the VA is not able to meet the needs, they will provide an outside care provider.
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    Take care of those we asked to fight pointless wars.
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    We need legislation to fix the issues within the VA not to outsou
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    All veterans eligible for VA Healthcare can use the CHOICE Program!!! I do because my local VA does not offer care for the type of cancer I have. I receive my cancer care at the local Naval Hospital. My care there is excellent! The Choice Program also allows vets not near VA facilities to see private Drs. The current move is just one more step in dismantling VA Healthcare and an attempt to privatize. Privatization would increase cost to unsustainable levels. I’m a veteran, married to a combat vet. We both use this service and receive excellent care! It is not free unless you are indigent or are being treated for a service-connected disability, but it is affordable. My husband especially is better served by VA care. Congress just needs to sufficiently fund and staff the VA!
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    Do not privatize the VA. I'm an army vet and I'd be beyond pissed if you did this!
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    The VA is *always* deficient in quality and timeliness. That is the definition of government healthcare.
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    I’m torn on the VA. I use their services. I don’t know that it is not an attempt at dismantling the VA as I know it and pushing myself and other veterans out into the community. Would not be too bad for me because I live far from where I go for treatment in Seattle. I also am covered nicely by other health insurances. But if I know this president, and I do, since he has a big mouth, he does want the VA made private. He’s a sneaky one, so I’ll say no on this issue, for now. I’ll relax when we get a new president in 2020. Our veterans (especially war veterans like the very respectable and honorable John Mc Cain) deserve ONLY THE BEST. The military branches have protected us, bled for us and died for us, godspeed Mueller!🗽🌈
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    While I think some of these ideas are good, as a vet I am a aware of privatization creep. Prior to very retiring from the war and a VA finding cut causing a veteran backlog, vets had a 97% approval rating of the VA overall, and the GOP is doing everything to destroy that image to allow middle men to make boatloads off of tax payer funds meant to go to vets
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    NO VA privatization!
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    About Time and Thank you
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    No privatization of the VA
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    Isn’t this the purpose of the VA?
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    The VA should focus on the purpose for which it was established: ensuring the care for military members and families, veterans in particular. If that care can be properly provided by the VA infrastructure and resources that is a good thing. If it cannot, then the care should still be provided other ways, and this bill is a proper step in that direction. NOTE: universal healthcare would render this bill, and the VA, moot.
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    I support this 110% . Take care of our military and our veterans . Thank you all for your service.
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    Veterans need our help. Their mental & physical health care need reformed from the bottom up. Anything we can do to help those who have sacrificed to keep us free is totally acceptable. End of story.
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