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Titles (4)

Short Titles

Short Titles as Enacted

Veterans Health Programs Improvement Act of 2004

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

Veterans Health Programs Improvement Act of 2004

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the principal office of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to be at any location in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, rather than only in the District of Columbia, and expressing the sense of Congress that a dedicated Veterans Courthouse and Justice Center should be provided for that Court and those it serves and should be located, if feasible, at a site owned by the United States that is part of or proximate to the Pentagon Reservation, and for other purposes.

Official Titles - Senate

Official Titles as Amended by Senate

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the authorization of appropriations for grants to benefit homeless veterans, to improve programs for management and administration of veterans' facilities and health care programs, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (10)

Date
11/30/2004Became Public Law No: 108-422. (TXT | PDF)
11/30/2004Signed by President.
11/20/2004Presented to President.
11/17/2004Resolving differences -- House actions: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to by voice vote.
10/09/2004Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate in lieu of S. 2485 with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Unanimous Consent.
10/09/2004Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
07/20/2004Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H6076-6077)
06/25/2004Committee on Armed Services discharged.
06/25/2004Reported by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 108-574, Part I.
03/11/2004Introduced in House

All Actions (37)

Date Chamber
11/30/2004Became Public Law No: 108-422. (TXT | PDF)
11/30/2004Signed by President.
11/20/2004HousePresented to President.
11/17/2004-3:23pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11/17/2004-3:23pmHouseOn motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to by voice vote.
11/17/2004-2:42pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3936.
11/17/2004-2:41pmHouseMr. Smith (NJ) moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments. (consideration: CR H9772-9787; text as House agreed to Senate amendments: CR H9772-9777)
11/16/2004SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
10/09/2004SenateSee also S. 2485.
10/09/2004SenatePassed Senate in lieu of S. 2485 with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Unanimous Consent.
10/09/2004SenateSenate struck all after the Enacting Clause and substituted the language of S. 2485 amended.
10/09/2004SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S11007)
10/09/2004SenateSenate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
10/09/2004SenateS.Amdt.4049 Amendment SA 4049 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
10/09/2004SenateS.Amdt.4049 Amendment SA 4049 proposed by Senator Frist for Senator Specter. (consideration: CR S11007; text: CR S11007) To amend the title.
09/07/2004SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
07/21/2004SenateReceived in the Senate.
07/20/2004-5:39pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/20/2004-5:39pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H6076-6077)
07/20/2004-5:29pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3936.
07/20/2004-5:29pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H6076-6078)
07/20/2004-5:28pmHouseMr. Smith (NJ) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
06/25/2004HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 336.
06/25/2004HouseCommittee on Armed Services discharged.
06/25/2004HouseHouse Committee on Armed Services Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than June 25, 2004.
06/25/2004HouseReported by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 108-574, Part I.
05/19/2004HouseOrdered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
05/19/2004HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
05/13/2004HouseForwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote.
Action By: House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Benefits
05/13/2004HouseSubcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Benefits
04/29/2004HouseSubcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Benefits
04/13/2004HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Benefits.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
03/11/2004HouseReferred to House Armed Services
03/11/2004HouseReferred to House Veterans' Affairs
03/11/2004HouseReferred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/11/2004HouseSponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E355)
03/11/2004HouseIntroduced in House

Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Veterans' Affairs03/11/2004 Referred to
05/19/2004 Markup by
06/25/2004 Reported by H. Rept. 108-574
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Benefits04/13/2004 Referred to
04/29/2004 Hearings by
05/13/2004 Markup by
05/13/2004 Reported by
House Armed Services03/11/2004 Referred to
06/25/2004 Discharged from
Senate Veterans' Affairs09/07/2004 Referred to
10/09/2004 Discharged from

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Latest Summary (4)

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Public Law No: 108-422 (11/30/2004)

Department of Veterans Affairs Real Property and Facilities Management Improvement Act of 2004 - Title I: Real Property and Facilities Matters - Subtitle A: Real Property and Facilities Administration - (Sec. 101) Amends Federal veterans' provisions to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to dispose of excess real property of the Department of Veterans Affairs by: (1) transfer to or exchange with another Federal department or agency; or (2) conveyance to or exchange with a State or political subdivision, Indian tribe, public entity, or private person or entity (thereby eliminating certain other transfer requirements). Sets forth disposal procedures. Requires: (1) disposal proceeds to be deposited into the Capital Asset Fund (established in this section); and (2) the Secretary to include in annual budget justification documents a report on each such disposal. Provides authorized Fund uses. Authorizes FY 2005 appropriations to the Fund.

(Sec. 102) Modifies business plan-based determinations relating to the Secretary's enhanced-use lease authority by: (1) requiring consideration of the needs of the Veterans Benefits Administration or the National Cemetery Administration; and (2) allowing the Department to receive facilities, space, or services in consideration for such a lease regardless of whether the facilities, space, or services are on the leased property.

(Sec. 103) Authorizes funds in a Department construction or capital account that are available for a construction or non-recurring maintenance project to be used for the construction or relocation of a surface parking lot incidental to such project.

(Sec. 104) Prohibits the Secretary from implementing a mission change for a medical facility (with an exception) until 90 days after the Secretary submits to the congressional veterans' committees written notice of the mission change.

(Sec. 105) Terminates the Nursing Home Revolving Fund. Transfers unobligated balances to the Capital Asset Fund.

(Sec. 106) Removes congressional notice-and-wait limits on the use of Advanced Planning Fund amounts for major medical facility projects when funds for such projects have already been authorized by law.

(Sec. 107) Authorizes the Secretary to lease any undeveloped land or unused or underutilized buildings or lots of the National Cemetery Administration. Allows a lease term of up to ten years. Establishes in the Treasury the National Cemetery Administration Facilities Operation Fund to cover costs incurred by such Administration in operating and maintaining its property.

Subtitle B: Transfers of Property - (Sec. 111) Directs the Administrator of General Services to transfer to the Secretary specified General Services Administration property north of the Army Reserve facility in Boise, Idaho, for purposes relating to the delivery of benefits to veterans.

Subtitle C: Designation of Facilities - (Sec. 121) Designates the Department medical center in the Bronx, New York, as the James J. Peters Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

(Sec. 122) Designates the memorial to former prisoners of war and members of the Armed Forces missing in action that is under construction at Riverside National Cemetery, California, as the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action National Memorial.

Subtitle D: Other Matters - (Sec. 131) Requires the Secretary, upon determining to convey, lease, or dispose of all or part of the Louisville Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Kentucky, to engage in negotiations for such conveyance, lease, or disposal solely with the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Limits the duration of such requirement to one year after the commencement of such negotiations. Requires such negotiations to address the utilization of such Center for the primary purpose of the provision of services for veterans and related activities.

Title II: Benefits Matters - (Sec. 201) Exempts veterans receiving hospice care from certain Department copayment requirements.

(Sec. 202) Makes permanent (currently terminates at the end of 2004) the Department's authority to provide counseling and treatment to veterans suffering from an incident of sexual trauma that occurred during service. Expands such authority to include members of the reserves suffering from an incident that occurred during training.

(Sec. 203) States that Department per diem payments to States for the care of veterans in State nursing homes shall not be considered a liability of a third party or otherwise utilized to offset or reduce any other payment made to assist veterans.

(Sec. 204) Authorizes the Secretary to provide up to 14 days of care following birth for the newborn child of a woman veteran receiving maternity care furnished by the Department if the child was delivered in a Department facility or a Department-contracted facility.

(Sec. 205) Directs the Secretary, subject to the appropriation of funds, to establish and operate at least one and up to three centers for research, education, and clinical activities on blast injuries. Outlines requirements for proposals submitted for the designation of a center. Authorizes appropriations. Requires reports during 2006 through 2008 from the Secretary to the veterans' committees on center status and activities.

(Sec. 206) Extends through: (1) 2009 required reports from the Special Medical Advisory Group on care and treatment provided to disabled veterans; and (2) 2005 a pilot program to evaluate three different models of providing long-term care to veterans.

(Sec. 207) Requires an annual report from the Secretary to the veterans' committees on the waiting times of veterans for appointments for care and services from the Department.