Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
12/03/2019          

Vet OUTREACH Act

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12/10/2019 Introduced in House Open
12/03/2019 Introduced in House Open

            


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 5284


To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize State approving agencies to carry out outreach activities.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 3, 2019

Mr. Khanna (for himself, Mr. Kim, Mr. Waltz, and Mr. Cook) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize State approving agencies to carry out outreach activities.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Veteran Outreach Understanding To Reach Every American Courageous Hero Act” or the “Vet OUTREACH Act”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

The Congress finds the following:

(1) State Approving Agencies (SAAs) play a critical role administering GI Bill benefits to veterans.

(2) SAAs ensure veterans can use their GI Bill benefits at quality education and job-training programs like apprenticeships.

(3) The SAAs primary purpose is to review, evaluate, and approve education and training programs to ensure veterans have the highest quality education.

(4) The VALOR Act (Public Law 115–89), makes it easier for employers to offer apprenticeships to veterans.

(5) In 2015, SAAs across the country conducted almost 50,000 outreached-related actions to ensure veterans were informed of the benefits they are entitled to receive.

(6) SAAs are now left to rely on outreach products created before 2015 and can no longer travel to job fairs and employers to ensure veterans, educational institutions, and employers know about the potential benefits and opportunities of the GI Bill.

SEC. 3. Authority of State approving agencies to carry out outreach activities.

Section 3673 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(f) Outreach activities.—

“(1) A State approving agency may carry out outreach activities if it has properly conducted its enforcement and approval of education programs and funds are still available to do so.

“(2) A SAA shall be considered to have properly conducted its enforcement and approval of education programs if it has met its Department of Veterans Affairs cooperative agreement requirements relating to the oversight and approval of programs, and has completed a risk-based program review of any program determined to be of questionable quality or at risk by any Federal or State agency or any accrediting agency.

“(3) Outreach activities carried out under this subsection shall be carried out using amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated. No additional amounts are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection.”.


Picture Name From Date Type
Ro Khanna D-CA 12/03/2019 Sponsor
Michael Waltz D-FL 12/03/2019 Cosponsor
Michael Waltz R-FL 12/03/2019 Cosponsor
Andy Kim D-NJ 12/03/2019 Cosponsor
Paul Cook R-CA 12/03/2019 Cosponsor
Date Branch Action
12/19/2019 President Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
12/03/2019 President Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.Action By: House of Representatives
12/03/2019 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
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