Text: H.R.2225 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/08/2007)


110th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2225


To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report to Congress providing a master plan for the use of the West Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, California, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 8, 2007

Mr. Waxman introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report to Congress providing a master plan for the use of the West Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, California, and for other purposes.

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 “West Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Preservation Act of 2007”.

SEC. 2. Prohibition on disposal of Department of Veterans Affairs lands and improvements at West Los Angeles Medical Center, California.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may not declare as excess to the needs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, or otherwise take any action to exchange, trade, auction, transfer, or otherwise dispose of, or reduce the acreage of, Federal land and improvements at the Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center, California, encompassing approximately 388 acres on the north and south sides of Wilshire Boulevard and west of the 405 Freeway.

(b) Special provision regarding lease with representative of the homeless.—Notwithstanding any provision of this Act, section 7 of the Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Services Act of 1992 (Public Law 102–590) shall remain in effect.

(c) Conforming amendment.—Section 8162(c)(1) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting “or section 2(a) of the West Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Preservation Act of 2007” after “section 421 (b)(2) of the Veterans’ Benefits and Services Act of 1988 (Public Law 100–322; 102 Stat. 553)”.

SEC. 3. Master plan regarding use of Department of Veterans Affairs lands at West Los Angeles Medical Center, California.

(a) Finding.—Congress finds that section 707 of the Veterans Programs Enhancement Act of 1998 (Public Law 105–368) required the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the master plan of the Department of Veterans Affairs, or a plan for the development of such a master plan, relating to the use of Department land at the West Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, California.

(b) Master plan required.—Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report providing a master plan, consistent with the provisions of this Act, for the use of the Federal land and improvements described in section 2(a).

(c) Advisory Committee.—The Secretary shall appoint a committee to advise the Secretary in developing the master plan. The committee shall include representatives of State and local governments, veterans, veterans' service organizations, and community organizations. The committee shall be composed of nine members, who shall be appointed by the Secretary, of whom two shall be appointed on the recommendation of the Member of Congress representing the 30th district of California, and two each shall be appointed on the recommendation of each of the Senators from California.

(d) Limitation on funding.—Except for direct veterans’ services, no funding shall be authorized to implement the master plan except pursuant to provisions of law enacted after the date of the receipt by the appropriate congressional committees of the report providing such plan.

(e) Definitions.—In this section, the following definitions apply:

(1) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES.—The term “appropriate congressional committees” means—

(A) the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; and

(B) the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.

(2) DIRECT VETERANS’ SERVICES.—The term “direct veterans’ services” means services directly related to maintaining the health, welfare, and support of veterans.