Rooney Votes for Legislation to Protect Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) voted in favor of a number of bills that will improve the VA and better protect veterans, as they passed the floor of the House of Representatives.
“Making sure we are doing all that we can to provide for our nation’s veterans is one of our most important jobs in Congress,” said Rooney. “I was happy to vote in favor of H.R. 3122 which will help protect veterans from financial predators. Stopping this despicable breed of criminal is something that I have introduced legislation to do as well, and I am happy to see this aspect of the problem addressed.”
The Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 3122) would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to post notice on its website about dishonest individuals who prey on those receiving pension benefits with regular aid and attendance (A&A) and are at risk of financial exploitation. Rooney’s bill, the Preventing Crimes against Veterans Act (H.R. 506) would both deter and penalize fraudsters that blatantly engage in a scheme to defraud a veteran (or his or her survivor or spouse) of his or her benefits by imposing a fine, imprisonment of up to five years, or both.
The House also passed the VA Management Alignment Act of 2017 (H.R. 1066). This legislation would make the VA create and submit a one-time report to Congress on the Department’s organizational structure. The report would delineate the roles and responsibilities of departments and officials throughout the VA, in order to improve effectiveness and accountability.
“As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, I am constantly working to fund programs to better hold the VA accountable,” said Rooney. “This bill will force the VA to evaluate its current structure and identify areas where it can improve efficiency to better serve our veterans.”