Veterans have made important sacrifices for our nation, and it is our responsibility to ensure that their efforts are recognized and appreciated. I am committed to protecting the benefits that our veterans have earned, which is why I am a cosponsor of the Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act. This Act will prohibit increases in TRICARE premiums, deductibles, copayments, and other fees. I am also a cosponsor of the Retired Pay Restoration Act and the Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act to help some veterans receive both retired pay and disability compensation that they have earned.
Aiding veterans after they leave the active military is another way to honor their dedication. I support the Post 9/11 GI Bill Payment Restoration Act to eliminate gaps in living stipends for veterans enrolled in higher education programs through the GI Bill, and two bills to help veterans with attaining and maintaining homeownership: the Veterans Home Loan Improvement Act and the Veterans Home Loan Refinance Opportunity Act.
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By Representative Suzanne Bonamici
Community support agents recently met with a congresswoman to discuss issues related to housing and veteran services. Representatives from Community Action Team (CAT) presented a range of concerns to Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D) during a meeting on July 5 in St. Helens.
Bonamici, who represents the northwest region of the state, began by sharing her background in legal aid, working her way through college while serving low-income families, learning firsthand how legislative policies affect people’s lives.
M. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Senate amendment to H.R. 244, the FY2017 omnibus spending bill. This is not a perfect bill, but many priorities that are important to my constituents in Oregon and people around the country are funded and protected, and it prevents a government shutdown.