FIXING WASHINGTON

Landmark VA Reform

S. 2372, VA Mission Act of 2018
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Consolidates VA’s multiple community care programs and authorities and provides further funding to sustain the Choice Program until implementation of the new program. It establishes an Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) process to recommend actions to modernize and realign VA’s massive medical infrastructure. It would also expand VA’s Family Caregiver Program eligibility to pre-9/11 veterans and increase VA’s internal capacity to care for veteran patients in VA medical facilities through improvements to various recruitment and retention programs.

H.R. 3122, Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017
Passed the House
Signed into law

WHAT IT DOES: Directs VA to provide additional warnings for veterans and their families about dishonest individuals that prey on sick and elderly beneficiaries. 

S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017
Passed by the House
Signed into law on June 23, 2017

WHAT IT DOES: Empowers the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to fire, demote, or suspend VA employees who don’t do their jobs.

H.R. 3949, VALOR Act
Passed the House
Signed into law on November 21, 2017

WHAT IT DOES: Simplifies the GI Bill-approved apprenticeship program approval process by allowing companies to register their apprenticeship programs with one central approval agency. It also streamlines the GI Bill apprenticeship program by eliminating the mandatory second signature requirement that adds unnecessary delays in providing apprenticeship payments to veterans.

H.R. 3218, Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017
Passed the House
Signed into law on August 16, 2017

WHAT IT DOES: Removes time constrictions to use the GI Bill, enabling future eligible recipients to use their GI benefits for their entire lives, as opposed to the current 15-year timeline.

H.R. 2288, Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017
Passed the House
Signed into law on August 23, 2017

WHAT IT DOES: Creates three “lanes” for veterans’ appeals, including the “Local Higher Level Review Lane” in which an adjudicator reviews the same evidence considered by the original claims processor; the “New Evidence Lane,” in which the veteran could submit new evidence for review and have a hearing; and the “Board Lane,” in which jurisdiction for the appeal would transfer immediately to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

H.R. 918, Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Requires VA to provide an initial mental health assessment and any subsequent mental health services required to meet urgent mental health care needs to former service members who would otherwise be ineligible for such services because they were discharged from military service under other-than-honorable conditions. The former service member would be eligible for such services if they have applied for a character of service determination, participated in military combat or were the victim of military sexual assault. H.R. 918 would also require VA to carry out a study on the effect of combat on suicide rates and serious mental health issues among veterans.

S. 114, VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017
Passed the House
Signed into law on August 12

WHAT IT DOES: Provides $2.1 billion to continue the Choice Program for six months while Congress works on other reforms to the Choice Program. It would also authorize 28 major medical facility leases and enhance the recruitment, retention and training of the VA workforce.

H.R. 1545, the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act
Passed the House
Signed into law on November 21, 2017

WHAT IT DOES:  Clarifies current law to stipulate that VHA is required to disclose information to state controlled substance monitoring programs for anyone – veteran or non-veteran – who is prescribed these medications through VA.

S. 585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017
Passed the House
Signed into law on October 26, 2017

WHAT IT DOES:  Provides additional protections to federal employees who are retaliated against for disclosing waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government. The bill also directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to address agency-specific gaps in its protection of VA employees.

H.R. 3705, the Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Requires that VA use certified mail to send debt notices. It would also instruct VA to use plain language in its debt notices to provide a clear explanation of why VA is alleging that the veteran owes such a debt.

H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Reclaims power of the purse authority for Congress and protects the American people from a last-minute regulatory onslaught.

H.R. 5, Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Increases transparency in the rule-making process, giving the people more input. And it requires agencies to choose the least costly option, unless they can show a costlier option is needed to protect the public.

H.R. 21, Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Enhances oversight of the overreaching regulations often issued during a president’s final months in office.

H.R. 998, the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Establishes a commission to review existing federal regulations to identify and recommend to Congress regulations that should be repealed to reduce unnecessary regulatory costs on the U.S. economy.

H.J. Res. 41, SEC Disclosure Rule for Resource Extraction
Passed the House
Signed into law on February 14

WHAT IT DOES: Nullifies the SEC’s Resource Extraction rule.

H.J. Res. 38, the Stream Protection Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on February 16

WHAT IT DOES: Repeals a December 2016 rule that rewrote 400 regulations, threatening one-third of the nation’s coal mining workforce.

H.J. Res. 40, the Social Security/NICS Rule  
Passed the House
Signed into law on February 28

WHAT IT DOES: Repeals a regulation excessively limiting Americans’ ability to purchase firearms.

H.J. Res. 37, the Federal Contracts Blacklisting Rule  
Passed the House
Signed into law on March 27

WHAT IT DOES: Revokes a federal contracting rule that would have wrongly blocked businesses accused of certain labor violations from federal contracts, undermining basic due process rights.

H.J. Res. 44, the Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on March 27

WHAT IT DOES: Repeals the Planning 2.0 rule that diluted local and state input into land management decisions, further centralized power with bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., and opened the door to allow radical environmental groups to insert their agenda into critical Resource Management Plans.

H.J. Res. 57, the Education Accountability Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on March 27

WHAT IT DOES: Repeals the Department of Education’s prescriptive accountability requirements that violate the Every Student Succeeds Act’s prohibitions on the secretary’s authority.

H.J. Res. 58, the Teacher Preparation Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on March 27

WHAT IT DOES: Repeals a Department of Education regulation that dictates specific requirements states must use to determine the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs.

H.J. Res. 42, the Unemployment Drug Testing Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on March 31


WHAT IT DOES: Repeals Department of Labor rule limiting implementation of drug screening of Unemployment Insurance recipients by narrowly defining the occupations that could be subject to drug screening and testing.

H.J. Res. 69, the National Wildlife Hunting and Fishing Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on April 3

WHAT IT DOES: Tackles another Obama-era regulation -- known as the Fish and Wildlife Service rule -- that undermines Alaska’s management of the federal lands within its state, upends the balance of federalism, and hurts an American pastime.

H.J. Res. 83, the OSHA Power Grab Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on April 3

WHAT IT DOES: Repeals the “Volks” rule that extended the threat of penalty for record-keeping violations from six months to five years.

H.R. 4986, RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018
Passed the House
Signed into law

WHAT IT DOES: Reauthorizes the Federal Communications Commission and includes reforms to ensure the commission continues to improve its efficiency and transparency.

S.J. Res. 34, the FCC Internet Service Provider Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on April 3

WHAT IT DOES: Repeals the FCC privacy rule that would have created a two-tiered privacy regime where internet service providers are regulated under a different set of rules than other Internet companies.

H.J. Res. 43, the Title X Abortion Funding Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on April 13

WHAT IT DOES: Repeals the Obama administration rule that would have forced states to provide Title X funding to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

H.J. Res. 67, the Local Retirement Plan Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on April 13

WHAT IT DOES: Repeals Obama Administration rule that would have allowed certain localities to force some workers into government-run auto IRA accounts that were exempt from long standing accountability measures, thus lacking the same protections as private-sector accounts.

H.J. Res. 66, the State Retirement Plan Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on May 17

WHAT IT DOES: Repeals an Obama Administration rule that would have allowed states to force some workers into second-tier government-run retirement accounts that lack the same protections as private-sector accounts

H.J. Res. 111, the CFPB Arbitration Agreement Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law on November 2, 2017

WHAT IT DOES:  Nullifies  a controversial rule published by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that benefits class action trial attorneys at the expense of consumers.

H.J. Res 36, the BLM Methane Rule
Passed the House
Senate rejected a motion to proceed on May 10, 2017, by a vote of 49 to 51

WHAT IT DOES:  Repeals a Bureau of Land Management rule that expands and duplicates existing regulations in an effort to reduce methane emissions but will incur significant compliance costs and job losses that will harm domestic energy production.

H.R. 3441,  Save Local Business Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Amends the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to clarify that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint employers. Rolls back a convoluted joint employer scheme that threatens job creation and undermines the American Dream. Restores a commonsense definition of employer to provide certainty and stability for workers and employers. Protects workers and local employers from future overreach by unelected bureaucrats and activist judges.

S. J. Res. 57, CFPB Auto Lending CRA
Passed the House
Passed the Senate

WHAT IT DOES: Disapproves of a CFPB guidance bulletin that attempted to regulate indirect auto lending in violation of express congressional intent. 

H.R. 2152, Citizens’ Right to Know Act of 2017
Passed the  House

WHAT IT DOES: Increases accountability in how federal grant money is used by state and local pre-trial release programs.