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S. 2921 - Veterans First Act

Armed forces and national security. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the accountability of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve health care and benefits for veterans, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has passed through committee and has been put on a legislative calendar. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Veterans First Act

S. 2921 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the accountability of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve health care and benefits for veterans, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the accountability of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve health care and benefits for veterans, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Veterans First Act
  • Jason Simcakoski Memorial Act
  • Veterans First Act
  • Jason Simcakoski Memorial Act
  • Veterans First Act
Sponsor
Johnny Isakson
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Armed forces and national security
  • Administrative law and regulatory procedures
  • Administrative remedies
  • Advisory bodies
  • Afghanistan
  • Alternative treatments
  • Asia
  • Business records
  • California
  • Cell biology and embryology
  • Cemeteries and funerals
  • Commemorative events and holidays
  • Conflicts and wars
  • Congressional oversight
  • Congressional tributes
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Disability and paralysis
  • Disability assistance
  • Drug safety, medical device, and laboratory regulation
  • Drug therapy
  • Drug trafficking and controlled substances
  • Employee hiring
  • Employee performance
  • Employment and training programs
  • Evidence and witnesses
  • Government buildings, facilities, and property
  • Government employee pay, benefits, personnel management
  • Government ethics and transparency, public corruption
  • Government information and archives
  • Government studies and investigations
  • Health care coverage and access
  • Health care quality
  • Health facilities and institutions
  • Health information and medical records
  • Health personnel
  • Health promotion and preventive care
  • Health technology, devices, supplies
  • Higher education
  • Home and outpatient care
  • Hospital care
  • Intelligence activities, surveillance, classified information
  • Iraq
  • Land use and conservation
  • Licensing and registrations
  • Long-term, rehabilitative, and terminal care
  • Medical tests and diagnostic methods
  • Mental health
  • Middle East
  • Military personnel and dependents
  • Organ and tissue donation and transplantation
  • Performance measurement
  • Personnel records
  • Prescription drugs
  • Product safety and quality
  • Public contracts and procurement
  • School administration
  • Student aid and college costs
  • Surgery and anesthesia
  • Teaching, teachers, curricula
  • Veterans' education, employment, rehabilitation
  • Veterans' loans, housing, homeless programs
  • Veterans' medical care
  • Veterans' organizations and recognition
  • Veterans' pensions and compensation
  • Virginia
  • Vocational and technical education
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced5/11/2016
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced5/11/2016
5/11/2016Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
5/11/2016Introduced in Senate
Put on a legislative calendar5/12/2016Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
5/16/2016Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Reported by Senator Isakson without amendment. Without written report.
Put on a legislative calendar5/16/2016Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 467.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

supported this bill

Nurses
Health & welfare policy
Consumer groups
Federal employees unions (split)
Military (split)
$750
$1,040,021
$547,752
$1,588,523
9.2 times as much
$14,631,643
$14,631,643

opposed this bill

Republican/Conservative
Federal employees unions (split)
Military (split)
12 Organizations Supported and 3 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Veterans First Act

12 organizations supported this bill

American Federation of Government Employees
American Federation of Government Employees (2016, July 6). Put Veterans First. Call Your Senator. Retrieved August 16, 2016, from American Federation of Government Employees.
American Legion
American Legion (2016, May 5). American Legion Backs ‘Veterans First Act’. Retrieved May 16, 2016, from American Legion.
Disabled American Veterans
Disabled American Veterans (2016, May 2). DAV Applauds Senate “Veterans First Act”. Retrieved May 16, 2016, from Disabled American Veterans.
Fleet Reserve Association
Fleet Reserve Association (2016, May 13). SVAC Approves Omnibus Veterans Bill. Retrieved May 16, 2016, from Fleet Reserve Association.
Government Accountability Project
Government Accountability Project (2016, April 28). Senate VA Committee Introduces Milestone VA Whistleblower Protections. Retrieved May 17, 2016, from Government Accountability Project.
National Alliance to End Homelessness
National Alliance to End Homelessness (2016, July 24). End Veteran Homelessness. Retrieved August 16, 2016, from National Alliance to End Homelessness.
National Guard Association of the United States
National Guard Association of the United States (2016, August 16). Bring Veterans First Act to Floor: Veterans Status, Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits. Retrieved August 16, 2016, from National Guard Association of the United States.
Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs
Johnson, Sharon (2016, May 19). S.2921 Vets First Letter. Retrieved August 16, 2016, from Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America (2016, April 29). Paralyzed Veterans of America Supports Senate Omnibus Bill; Lauds Inclusion of Critical Caregiver Expansion Provision. Retrieved May 16, 2016, from Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Project On Government Oversight
Brian, Danielle (2016, May 13). Support Letter Veterans First Act. Retrieved August 16, 2016, from United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Reserve Officers Association
Phillips, Jeffrey E. (2016, May 11). ROA Supports Veterans First Act. Retrieved August 16, 2016, from Reserve Officers Association.
Vietnam Veterans of America
Vietnam Veterans of America (2016, August 2). Contact Your Senator NOW in support of S.2921 the Veterans First Act. Retrieved August 16, 2016, from Vietnam Veterans of America.

3 organizations opposed this bill

Concerned Veterans for America
Concerned Veterans for America (2016, May 9). Tell Your Senators To Put Veterans First - Not Unions!. Retrieved May 16, 2016, from Concerned Veterans for America.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (2016, May 12). IAVA Blasts Senate Vet Committee for Passing Historic GI Bill Cuts. Retrieved May 16, 2016, from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
National Federation of Federal Employees
Dougan, William R. (2016, May 25). National Federation of Federal Employees Urges Opposition to S. 2921. Retrieved August 16, 2016, from National Federation of Federal Employees.

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 114th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$16,700$18,050
Kelly AyotteRNH$20,400$369,382
Tammy BaldwinDWI$28,472$0
John BarrassoRWY$11,500$18,900
Michael F. BennetDCO$26,055$0
Richard BlumenthalDCT$16,200$0
Roy BluntRMO$103,880$130,836
Cory A. BookerDNJ$21,950$6,100
John BoozmanRAR$12,200$20,232
Barbara BoxerDCA$0$0
Sherrod BrownDOH$36,400$0
Richard BurrRNC$12,300$134,199
Maria CantwellDWA$4,072$0
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$13,000$113,725
Ben CardinDMD$27,750$0
Tom CarperDDE$13,200$0
Bob CaseyDPA$24,300$10,000
Bill CassidyRLA$6,649$303,273
Daniel CoatsRIN$2,500$1,500
William Thad CochranRMS$31,100$7,250
Susan M. CollinsRME$30,000$21,650
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$8,500$0
Bob CorkerRTN$13,530$28,370
John CornynRTX$11,250$78,605
Tom CottonRAR$8,917$1,229,842
Mike CrapoRID$11,000$36,594
Ted CruzRTX$450$1,875,947
Steve DainesRMT$8,500$224,025
Joe DonnellyDIN$0$0
Dick DurbinDIL$28,100$0
Mike EnziRWY$11,500$0
Joni ErnstRIA$0$174,861
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$14,422$1,000
Deb FischerRNE$8,250$185,221
Jeff FlakeRAZ$6,650$1,342,999
Al FrankenDMN$13,780$0
Cory GardnerRCO$4,400$392,155
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$13,772$-35
Lindsey GrahamRSC$10,496$48,088
Chuck GrassleyRIA$15,500$150,779
Orrin G. HatchRUT$34,050$21,500
Martin HeinrichDNM$16,000$0
Heidi HeitkampDND$7,672$0
Dean HellerRNV$8,800$129,337
Mazie K. HironoDHI$2,000$0
John HoevenRND$3,500$15,400
Jim InhofeROK$0$48,174
Johnny IsaksonRGA$12,150$35,445
Ron JohnsonRWI$6,950$796,764
Tim KaineDVA$19,350$100
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$10,550$0
Mark KirkRIL$17,500$207,275
Amy KlobucharDMN$13,722$0
James LankfordROK$12,450$142,490
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$1,150$0
Mike LeeRUT$750$727,234
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$4,000$0
Ed MarkeyDMA$24,825$0
John McCainRAZ$10,500$171,070
Claire McCaskillDMO$25,972$0
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$31,450$228,606
Bob MenéndezDNJ$18,010$1,000
Jeff MerkleyDOR$26,500$0
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$18,000$0
Jerry MoranRKS$27,700$7,700
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$19,800$38,750
Chris MurphyDCT$14,900$0
Patty MurrayDWA$47,272$0
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$7,000$0
Rand PaulRKY$2,000$447,992
David PerdueRGA$2,500$199,928
Gary C. PetersDMI$12,250$0
Rob PortmanROH$20,590$205,086
John "Jack" ReedDRI$18,000$0
Harry ReidDNV$23,500$0
Jim RischRID$5,000$45,587
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$31,539$92,967
Mike RoundsRSD$7,500$63,381
Marco RubioRFL$16,200$850,205
Bernie SandersIVT$14,600$0
Ben SasseRNE$5,500$691,801
Brian SchatzDHI$4,075$0
Chuck SchumerDNY$50,699$1,500
Tim ScottRSC$14,300$263,161
Jeff SessionsRAL$4,500$4,000
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$25,900$0
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$2,000$2,700
Debbie StabenowDMI$28,422$0
Dan SullivanRAK$5,700$596,373
Jon TesterDMT$29,850$0
John ThuneRSD$19,900$166,033
Thom TillisRNC$3,875$218,634
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$9,225$1,278,152
Tom UdallDNM$9,525$2,000
David VitterRLA$0$1,500
Mark R. WarnerDVA$21,750$1,700
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$40,305$2,550
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$24,000$0
Roger F. WickerRMS$4,500$2,000
Ron WydenDOR$40,650$0

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$16,700$18,050
Kelly AyotteRNH$20,400$369,382
Tammy BaldwinDWI$28,472$0
John BarrassoRWY$11,500$18,900
Michael F. BennetDCO$26,055$0
Richard BlumenthalDCT$16,200$0
Roy BluntRMO$103,880$130,836
Cory A. BookerDNJ$21,950$6,100
John BoozmanRAR$12,200$20,232
Barbara BoxerDCA$0$0
Sherrod BrownDOH$36,400$0
Richard BurrRNC$12,300$134,199
Maria CantwellDWA$4,072$0
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$13,000$113,725
Ben CardinDMD$27,750$0
Tom CarperDDE$13,200$0
Bob CaseyDPA$24,300$10,000
Bill CassidyRLA$6,649$303,273
Daniel CoatsRIN$2,500$1,500
William Thad CochranRMS$31,100$7,250
Susan M. CollinsRME$30,000$21,650
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$8,500$0
Bob CorkerRTN$13,530$28,370
John CornynRTX$11,250$78,605
Tom CottonRAR$8,917$1,229,842
Mike CrapoRID$11,000$36,594
Ted CruzRTX$450$1,875,947
Steve DainesRMT$8,500$224,025
Joe DonnellyDIN$0$0
Dick DurbinDIL$28,100$0
Mike EnziRWY$11,500$0
Joni ErnstRIA$0$174,861
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$14,422$1,000
Deb FischerRNE$8,250$185,221
Jeff FlakeRAZ$6,650$1,342,999
Al FrankenDMN$13,780$0
Cory GardnerRCO$4,400$392,155
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$13,772$-35
Lindsey GrahamRSC$10,496$48,088
Chuck GrassleyRIA$15,500$150,779
Orrin G. HatchRUT$34,050$21,500
Martin HeinrichDNM$16,000$0
Heidi HeitkampDND$7,672$0
Dean HellerRNV$8,800$129,337
Mazie K. HironoDHI$2,000$0
John HoevenRND$3,500$15,400
Jim InhofeROK$0$48,174
Johnny IsaksonRGA$12,150$35,445
Ron JohnsonRWI$6,950$796,764
Tim KaineDVA$19,350$100
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$10,550$0
Mark KirkRIL$17,500$207,275
Amy KlobucharDMN$13,722$0
James LankfordROK$12,450$142,490
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$1,150$0
Mike LeeRUT$750$727,234
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$4,000$0
Ed MarkeyDMA$24,825$0
John McCainRAZ$10,500$171,070
Claire McCaskillDMO$25,972$0
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$31,450$228,606
Bob MenéndezDNJ$18,010$1,000
Jeff MerkleyDOR$26,500$0
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$18,000$0
Jerry MoranRKS$27,700$7,700
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$19,800$38,750
Chris MurphyDCT$14,900$0
Patty MurrayDWA$47,272$0
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$7,000$0
Rand PaulRKY$2,000$447,992
David PerdueRGA$2,500$199,928
Gary C. PetersDMI$12,250$0
Rob PortmanROH$20,590$205,086
John "Jack" ReedDRI$18,000$0
Harry ReidDNV$23,500$0
Jim RischRID$5,000$45,587
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$31,539$92,967
Mike RoundsRSD$7,500$63,381
Marco RubioRFL$16,200$850,205
Bernie SandersIVT$14,600$0
Ben SasseRNE$5,500$691,801
Brian SchatzDHI$4,075$0
Chuck SchumerDNY$50,699$1,500
Tim ScottRSC$14,300$263,161
Jeff SessionsRAL$4,500$4,000
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$25,900$0
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$2,000$2,700
Debbie StabenowDMI$28,422$0
Dan SullivanRAK$5,700$596,373
Jon TesterDMT$29,850$0
John ThuneRSD$19,900$166,033
Thom TillisRNC$3,875$218,634
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$9,225$1,278,152
Tom UdallDNM$9,525$2,000
David VitterRLA$0$1,500
Mark R. WarnerDVA$21,750$1,700
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$40,305$2,550
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$24,000$0
Roger F. WickerRMS$4,500$2,000
Ron WydenDOR$40,650$0

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Federal employees unions$1,123,000
Nurses$1,040,021
Health & welfare policy$547,752
Military$280,073
Consumer groups$750

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$14,631,643
Federal employees unions$1,123,000
Military$280,073
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