House Sends Veterans’ Appeals Bill to Trump’s Desk

Measure aims to pare down backlog appeals for disability benefits

By Kellie Mejdrich

The House during a pro forma session Friday cleared a bipartisan bill aimed at paring down a massive backlog of appeals for veterans’ disability benefits.

Passage of the measure brings to three the number of major veterans’ bills that now await President Donald Trump’s signature. In addition to the appeals bill, Congress before leaving for the August recess cleared a $2.1 billion funding patch for a private medical care access program, and the “Forever GI Bill,” which extends education benefits to future veterans for an entire lifetime instead of the current 15-year window.

House Veterans Affairs Chairman Phil Roe praised the House action: “When it comes to putting our nation’s heroes first, there can be no doubt that Congress has been hard at work,” the Tennessee Republican said in a statement shortly after the bill was passed, following a unanimous consent request from Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va.

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