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Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced

Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (8)

Date
08/16/2017Became Public Law No: 115-48. (TXT | PDF)
08/16/2017Signed by President.
08/07/2017Presented to President.
08/02/2017Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S4716)
07/24/2017Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 405 - 0 (Roll no. 409).(text: CR H6158-6165)
07/24/2017Committee on Armed Services discharged.
07/24/2017Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 115-247, Part I.
07/13/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (24)

Date Chamber
08/16/2017Became Public Law No: 115-48. (TXT | PDF)
08/16/2017Signed by President.
08/07/2017HousePresented to President.
08/03/2017SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
08/02/2017SenatePassed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S4716)
07/26/2017HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
Action By: Committee on Armed Services
07/25/2017SenateReceived in the Senate, read twice.
07/24/2017-7:12pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/24/2017-7:12pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 405 - 0 (Roll no. 409). (text: CR H6158-6165)
07/24/2017-7:05pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H6197-6198)
07/24/2017-3:24pmHouseAt the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
07/24/2017-2:50pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3218.
07/24/2017-2:50pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H6158-6170)
07/24/2017-2:50pmHouseMr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
07/24/2017HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 179.
07/24/2017HouseCommittee on Armed Services discharged.
07/24/2017HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 115-247, Part I.
07/19/2017HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
07/19/2017HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
07/17/2017HouseCommittee Hearings Held.
07/13/2017HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
07/13/2017HouseReferred 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.
07/13/2017HouseReferred 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.
07/13/2017HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (121)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1]* 07/13/2017
Rep. McCarthy, Kevin [R-CA-23]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Rutherford, John H. [R-FL-4]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Higgins, Clay [R-LA-3]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Bergman, Jack [R-MI-1]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Banks, Jim [R-IN-3]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Arrington, Jodey C. [R-TX-19]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Radewagen, Aumua Amata Coleman [R-AS-At Large]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]* 07/13/2017
Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-8]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Labrador, Raul R. [R-ID-1]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Costello, Ryan A. [R-PA-6]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Dunn, Neal P. [R-FL-2]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Smucker, Lloyd [R-PA-16]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Poliquin, Bruce [R-ME-2]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho [D-MP-At Large]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]* 07/13/2017
Rep. O'Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV-3]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]* 07/13/2017
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA-20]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ-9]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Richmond, Cedric L. [D-LA-2]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]* 07/13/2017
Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] 07/14/2017
Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3] 07/17/2017
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] 07/17/2017
Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] 07/18/2017
Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2] 07/18/2017
Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7] 07/18/2017
Rep. O'Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1] 07/18/2017
Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51] 07/18/2017
Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9] 07/18/2017
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] 07/18/2017
Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7] 07/18/2017
Rep. Brady, Robert A. [D-PA-1] 07/18/2017
Rep. Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17] 07/18/2017
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] 07/18/2017
Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3] 07/18/2017
Rep. Tsongas, Niki [D-MA-3] 07/18/2017
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] 07/19/2017
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] 07/19/2017
Rep. Pelosi, Nancy [D-CA-12] 07/19/2017
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18] 07/19/2017
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47] 07/19/2017
Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7] 07/19/2017
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] 07/19/2017
Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3] 07/19/2017
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7] 07/19/2017
Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] 07/19/2017
Rep. Heck, Denny [D-WA-10] 07/19/2017
Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2] 07/19/2017
Rep. Issa, Darrell E. [R-CA-49] 07/20/2017
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] 07/20/2017
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] 07/20/2017
Rep. Cuellar, Henry [D-TX-28] 07/20/2017
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] 07/20/2017
Rep. Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [D-GU-At Large] 07/20/2017
Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26] 07/20/2017
Rep. Costa, Jim [D-CA-16] 07/20/2017
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6] 07/20/2017
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10] 07/20/2017
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] 07/20/2017
Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8] 07/20/2017
Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20] 07/20/2017
Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14] 07/20/2017
Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10] 07/20/2017
Rep. Hurd, Will [R-TX-23] 07/20/2017
Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12] 07/20/2017
Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33] 07/20/2017
Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] 07/20/2017
Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25] 07/20/2017
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8] 07/20/2017
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] 07/24/2017
Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29] 07/24/2017
Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] 07/24/2017
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3] 07/24/2017
Rep. Demings, Val Butler [D-FL-10] 07/24/2017
Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] 07/24/2017
Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5] 07/24/2017
Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7] 07/24/2017
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3] 07/24/2017
Rep. Hanabusa, Colleen [D-HI-1] 07/24/2017
Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-13] 07/24/2017
Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] 07/24/2017
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42] 07/24/2017
Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5] 07/24/2017
Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5] 07/24/2017

Committees (2)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Veterans' Affairs07/13/2017 Referred to
07/17/2017 Hearings by
07/19/2017 Markup by
07/24/2017 Reported by H. Rept. 115-247
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity07/13/2017 Referred to
House Armed Services07/13/2017 Referred to
07/24/2017 Discharged from
House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel07/26/2017 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Public Law No: 115-48 (08/16/2017)

Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017

This bill revises education and related benefits provided to veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors.

The bill amends the Post-9/11 veterans' educational assistance program to:

  • remove certain time restrictions on program use;
  • increase assistance for reservists, guardsmen, dependents, and surviving spouses and dependents;
  • provide full eligibility for Post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients and certain reservists and guardsmen;
  • provide an extra academic years' worth of benefits for STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) degree candidates;
  • establish a five-year pilot program for high technology courses;
  • restore eligibility for service members whose school closes in the middle of a semester;
  • authorize funding to improve claims processing;
  • permit assistance to be used at certain institutions that are not institutions of higher education; and
  • pro-rate the housing stipend for reservists called to active duty.

The bill authorizes the Edith Nurse Rogers STEM Scholarship to help veterans complete STEM degrees.

The Yellow Ribbon program is extended to Fry Scholarship recipients (surviving dependents of service members who died on active duty) and certain Purple Heart recipients. (The Yellow Ribbon program helps veterans pay for higher education tuition and fee costs not covered by the Post-9/11 program.)

The bill: (1) extends the Advisory Committee on Education, (2) increases survivors' and dependents' educational assistance, and (3) extends funding for state educational program approving agencies.

The bill provides statutory authority for the VetSuccess on Campus program, which provides veterans with on-campus educational and vocational counseling.

The Department of Veterans Affairs shall make a new determination regarding each denied veteran's claim for disability compensation in connection with full-body exposure to mustard gas or Lewisite at specified locations during World War II and resolve reasonable doubt in favor of the veteran.

For more detailed information, see Congressional Research Service Report R45205, Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-48).