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        H.R.299

                     One Hundred Sixteenth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE FIRST SESSION

          Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday,
           the third day of January, two thousand and nineteen


                                 An Act


 
To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating 
 to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the 
              Republic of Vietnam, 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 ``Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act 
of 2019''.
SEC. 2. CLARIFICATION OF PRESUMPTIONS OF EXPOSURE FOR VETERANS WHO 
SERVED IN VICINITY OF REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM.
    (a) In General.--Chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, is 
amended by inserting after section 1116 the following new section:
``Sec. 1116A. Presumptions of service connection for veterans who 
     served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam
    ``(a) Service Connection.--For the purposes of section 1110 of this 
title, and subject to section 1113 of this title, a disease covered by 
section 1116 of this title becoming manifest as specified in that 
section in a veteran who, during active military, naval, or air 
service, served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam during the period 
beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975, shall be 
considered to have been incurred in or aggravated by such service, 
notwithstanding that there is no record of evidence of such disease 
during the period of such service.
    ``(b) Exposure.--A veteran who, during active military, naval, or 
air service, served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam during the 
period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975, shall 
be presumed to have been exposed during such service to an herbicide 
agent unless there is affirmative evidence to establish that the 
veteran was not exposed to any such agent during that service.
    ``(c) Effective Date of Award.--(1) Except as provided by paragraph 
(2), the effective date of an award under this section shall be 
determined in accordance with section 5110 of this title.
    ``(2)(A) Notwithstanding subsection (g) of section 5110 of this 
title, the Secretary shall determine the effective date of an award 
based on a claim under this section for an individual described in 
subparagraph (B) by treating the date on which the individual filed the 
prior claim specified in clause (i) of such subparagraph as the date on 
which the individual filed the claim so awarded under this section.
    ``(B) An individual described in this subparagraph is a veteran, or 
a survivor of a veteran, who meets the following criteria:
        ``(i) The veteran or survivor submitted a claim for disability 
    compensation on or after September 25, 1985, and before January 1, 
    2020, for a disease covered by this section, and the claim was 
    denied by reason of the claim not establishing that the disease was 
    incurred or aggravated by the service of the veteran.
        ``(ii) The veteran or survivor submits a claim for disability 
    compensation on or after January 1, 2020, for the same condition 
    covered by the prior claim under clause (i), and the claim is 
    approved pursuant to this section.
    ``(d) Determination of Offshore.--Notwithstanding any other 
provision of law, for purposes of this section, the Secretary shall 
treat a location as being offshore of Vietnam if the location is not 
more than 12 nautical miles seaward of a line commencing on the 
southwestern demarcation line of the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia and 
intersecting the following points:


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                                                                                     Latitude
                            ``Points Geographic Names                                  North     Longitude  East
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At Hon Nhan Island, Tho Chu Archipelago Kien Giang Province                             915.0'         10327.0'
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At Hon Da Island southeast of Hon Khoai Island Minh Hai Province                        822.8'         10452.4'
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At Tai Lon Islet, Con Dao Islet in Con Dao-Vung Toa Special Sector                      837.8'         10637.5'
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At Bong Lai Islet, Con Dao Islet                                                        838.9'         10640.3'
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At Bay Canh Islet, Con Dao Islet                                                        839.7'         10642.1'
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At Hon Hai Islet (Phu Qui group of islands) Thuan Hai Province                          958.0'          1095.0'
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At Hon Doi Islet, Thuan Hai Province                                                   1239.0'         10928.0'
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At Dai Lanh point, Phu Khanh Province                                                  1253.8'         10927.2'
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At Ong Can Islet, Phu Khanh Province                                                   1354.0'         10921.0'
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At Ly Son Islet, Nghia Binh Province                                                   1523.1'         109 9.0'
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At Con Co Island, Binh Tri Thien Province                                              1710.0'         10720.6'
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    ``(e) Herbicide Agent.--In this section, the term `herbicide agent' 
has the meaning given that term in section 1116(a)(3) of this title.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 
1116 the following new item:

``1116A. Presumptions of service connection for veterans who served 
          offshore of the Republic of Vietnam.''.

    (c) Implementation.--
        (1) Guidance.--Notwithstanding section 501 of such title, the 
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs may issue guidance to implement 
    section 1116A of title 38, United States Code, as added by 
    subsection (a), before prescribing new regulations under such 
    section.
        (2) Updates.--(A) Not later than 120 days after the date of the 
    enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit a report to the 
    Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives and 
    the Senate regarding the plans of the Secretary--
            (i) to conduct outreach under subsection (d); and
            (ii) to respond to inquiries from veterans regarding claims 
        for disability compensation under section 1116A of title 38, 
        United States Code, as added by subsection (a) of this section.
        (B) On a quarterly basis during the period beginning on the 
    date of the enactment of this Act and ending on the date on which 
    regulations are prescribed to carry out such section 1116A, the 
    Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of 
    the House of Representatives and the Senate updates on the status 
    of such regulations.
        (3) Pending cases.--
            (A) Authority to stay.--The Secretary may stay a claim 
        described in subparagraph (B) until the date on which the 
        Secretary commences the implementation of such section 1116A.
            (B) Claims described.--A claim described in this 
        subparagraph is a claim for disability compensation--
                (i) relating to the service and diseases covered by 
            such section 1116A; and
                (ii) that is pending at the Veterans Benefits 
            Administration or the Board of Veterans' Appeals on or 
            after the date of the enactment of this Act and before the 
            date on which the Secretary commences the implementation of 
            such section 1116A.
    (d) Outreach.--
        (1) Requirement.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall 
    conduct outreach to inform veterans described in paragraph (2) of 
    the ability to submit a claim for disability compensation under 
    section 1116A of title 38, United States Code, as added by 
    subsection (a). Such outreach shall include the following:
            (A) The Secretary shall publish on the website of the 
        Department a notice that a veterans described in paragraph (2) 
        may submit or resubmit a claim for disability compensation 
        under such section 1116A.
            (B) The Secretary shall notify in writing the veteran 
        service organization community of the ability of veterans 
        described in paragraph (2) to submit or resubmit claims for 
        disability compensation under such section 1116A.
        (2) Veteran described.--A veteran described in this paragraph 
    is a veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, 
    served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam during the period 
    beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975.
    (e) Reports.--Not later than January 1, 2021, and annually 
thereafter for 2 years, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit 
to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives 
and the Senate a report regarding claims for disability compensation 
under section 1116A of title 38, United States Code, as added by 
subsection (a). Each report shall include, with respect to the calendar 
year preceding the report, disaggregated by the regional offices of the 
Department of Veterans Affairs, the following:
        (1) The number of claims filed under such section.
        (2) The number of such claims granted.
        (3) The number of such claims denied.
    (f) Health Care.--Section 1710(e)(4) of title 38, United States 
Code, is amended by inserting ``(including offshore of such Republic as 
described in section 1116A(d) of this title)'' after ``served on active 
duty in the Republic of Vietnam''.
    (g) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall take 
effect on January 1, 2020.
SEC. 3. PRESUMPTION OF HERBICIDE EXPOSURE FOR CERTAIN VETERANS WHO 
SERVED IN KOREA.
    (a) In General.--Chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, is 
amended by inserting after section 1116A, as added by section 2, the 
following new section:
``Sec. 1116B. Presumption of herbicide exposure for certain veterans 
     who served in Korea
    ``(a) Presumption of Service-Connection.--(1) For the purposes of 
section 1110 of this title, and subject to section 1113 of this title, 
a disease specified in subsection (b) that becomes manifest as 
specified in that subsection in a veteran described in paragraph (2) 
shall be considered to have been incurred or aggravated in the line of 
duty in the active military, naval, or air service, notwithstanding 
that there is no record of evidence of such disease during the period 
of such service.
    ``(2) A veteran described in this paragraph is a veteran who, 
during active military, naval, or air service, served in or near the 
Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), during the period beginning on 
September 1, 1967, and ending on August 31, 1971.
    ``(b) Diseases.--A disease specified in this subsection is--
        ``(1) a disease specified in paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of 
    section 1116 of this title that becomes manifest as specified in 
    that paragraph; or
        ``(2) any additional disease that--
            ``(A) the Secretary determines in regulations warrants a 
        presumption of service-connection by reason of having positive 
        association with exposure to an herbicide agent; and
            ``(B) becomes manifest within any period prescribed in such 
        regulations.
    ``(c) Herbicide Agent.--For purposes of this section, the term 
`herbicide agent' has the meaning given such term in section 1821(d) of 
this title.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 
1116A, as added by section 2, the following new item:

``1116B. Presumption of herbicide exposure for certain veterans who 
          served in Korea.''.

    (c) Implementation.--
        (1) Guidance.--Notwithstanding section 501 of such title, the 
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs may issue guidance to implement 
    section 1116B of title 38, United States Code, as added by 
    subsection (a), before prescribing new regulations under such 
    section.
        (2) Updates.--(A) Not later than 120 days after the date of the 
    enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit a report to the 
    Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives and 
    the Senate regarding the plans of the Secretary to respond to 
    inquiries from veterans regarding claims for disability 
    compensation under section 1116B of title 38, United States Code, 
    as added by subsection (a) of this section.
        (B) On a quarterly basis during the period beginning on the 
    date of the enactment of this Act and ending on the date on which 
    regulations are prescribed to carry out such section 1116B, the 
    Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of 
    the House of Representatives and the Senate updates on the status 
    of such regulations.
        (3) Pending cases.--
            (A) Authority to stay.--The Secretary may stay a claim 
        described in subparagraph (B) until the date on which the 
        Secretary commences the implementation of section 1116B of 
        title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a).
            (B) Claims described.--A claim described in this 
        subparagraph is a claim for disability compensation--
                (i) relating to the service and diseases covered by 
            such section 1116B; and
                (ii) that is pending at the Veterans Benefits 
            Administration or the Board of Veterans' Appeals on or 
            after the date of the enactment of this Act and before the 
            date on which the Secretary commences the implementation of 
            such section 1116B.
    (d) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall take 
effect on January 1, 2020.
SEC. 4. BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN OF CERTAIN THAILAND SERVICE VETERANS BORN 
WITH SPINA BIFIDA.
    (a) In General.--Subchapter III of chapter 18 of title 38, United 
States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
``Sec. 1822. Benefits for children of certain Thailand service veterans 
    born with spina bifida
    ``(a) Benefits Authorized.--The Secretary may provide to any child 
of a veteran of covered service in Thailand who is suffering from spina 
bifida the health care, vocational training and rehabilitation, and 
monetary allowance required to be paid to a child of a Vietnam veteran 
who is suffering from spina bifida under subchapter I of this chapter 
as if such child of a veteran of covered service in Thailand were a 
child of a Vietnam veteran who is suffering from spina bifida under 
such subchapter.
    ``(b) Spina Bifida Conditions Covered.--This section applies with 
respect to all forms and manifestations of spina bifida, except spina 
bifida occulta.
    ``(c) Veteran of Covered Service in Thailand.--For purposes of this 
section, a veteran of covered service in Thailand is any individual, 
without regard to the characterization of that individual's service, 
who--
        ``(1) served in the active military, naval, or air service in 
    Thailand, as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the 
    Secretary of Defense, during the period beginning on January 9, 
    1962, and ending on May 7, 1975; and
        ``(2) is determined by the Secretary, in consultation with the 
    Secretary of Defense, to have been exposed to a herbicide agent 
    during such service in Thailand.
    ``(d) Herbicide Agent.--For purposes of this section, the term 
`herbicide agent' means a chemical in a herbicide used in support of 
United States and allied military operations in Thailand, as determined 
by the Secretary in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, during 
the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975.''.
    (b) Conforming Amendment to Definition of ``Child''.--Section 
1831(1) of such title is amended--
        (1) in subparagraph (B)--
            (A) by striking ``subchapter III of this chapter'' and 
        inserting ``section 1821 of this title''; and
            (B) in clause (i), by striking ``section 1821 of this 
        title'' and inserting ``that section''; and
        (2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
            ``(C) For purposes of section 1822 of this title, an 
        individual, regardless of age or marital status, who--
                ``(i) is the natural child of a veteran of covered 
            service in Thailand (as determined for purposes of that 
            section); and
                ``(ii) was conceived after the date on which that 
            veteran first entered service described in subsection (c) 
            of that section.''.
    (c) Clerical Amendments.--
        (1) Subchapter heading.--The heading for subchapter III of 
    chapter 18 of such title is amended by inserting ``AND THAILAND'' 
    after ``KOREA''.
        (2) Table of sections.--The table of sections at the beginning 
    of chapter 18 of such title is amended--
            (A) by striking the item relating to subchapter III and 
        inserting the following new item:

    ``subchapter iii--children of certain korea and thailand service 
                   veterans born with spina bifida'';

    and
            (B) by inserting after the item relating to section 1821 
        the following new item:

``1822. Benefits for children of certain Thailand service veterans born 
          with spina bifida.''.

    (d) Implementation.--
        (1) Guidance.--Notwithstanding section 501 of such title, the 
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs may issue guidance to implement 
    section 1822 of title 38, United States Code, as added by 
    subsection (a), before prescribing new regulations under such 
    section.
        (2) Updates.--(A) Not later than 120 days after the date of the 
    enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit a report to the 
    Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives and 
    the Senate regarding the plans of the Secretary to respond to 
    inquiries from veterans regarding claims for disability 
    compensation under section 1822 of title 38, United States Code, as 
    added by subsection (a) of this section.
        (B) On a quarterly basis during the period beginning on the 
    date of the enactment of this Act and ending on the date on which 
    regulations are prescribed to carry out such section 1822, the 
    Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of 
    the House of Representatives and the Senate updates on the status 
    of such regulations.
        (3) Pending cases.--
            (A) Authority to stay.--The Secretary may stay a claim 
        described in subparagraph (B) until the date on which the 
        Secretary commences the implementation of section 1822 of title 
        38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a).
            (B) Claims described.--A claim described in this 
        subparagraph is a claim for benefits--
                (i) relating to the spina bifida and service covered by 
            such section 1822; and
                (ii) that is pending at the Veterans Benefits 
            Administration or the Board of Veterans' Appeals on or 
            after the date of the enactment of this Act and before the 
            date on which the Secretary commences the implementation of 
            such section 1822.
    (e) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in 
consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall submit to the 
Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives and the 
Senate a report identifying--
        (1) the military installations of the United States located in 
    Thailand during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending 
    on May 7, 1975, at which an herbicide agent (as defined in section 
    1822 of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a)) 
    was actively used; and
        (2) the period of such use.
    (f) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall take 
effect on January 1, 2020.
SEC. 5. UPDATED REPORT ON CERTAIN GULF WAR ILLNESS STUDY.
    Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this 
Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees 
on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate an 
updated report on the findings, as of the date of the updated report, 
of the Follow-up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era 
Veterans under the epidemiology program of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs.
SEC. 6. LOANS GUARANTEED UNDER HOME LOAN PROGRAM OF DEPARTMENT OF 
VETERANS AFFAIRS.
    (a) Adjustment of Loan Limit.--
        (1) In general.--Section 3703(a)(1) of title 38, United States 
    Code, is amended--
            (A) in subparagraph (A)--
                (i) in clause (i)(IV), by striking ``the lesser of the 
            maximum guaranty amount (as defined in subparagraph (C)) 
            or''; and
                (ii) in clause (ii), by striking ``subparagraph (B) of 
            this paragraph'' and inserting ``subparagraph (B) or (C)'';
            (B) in subparagraph (B)--
                (i) by striking ``The maximum'' and inserting ``With 
            respect to loans described in subclauses (I), (II), or 
            (III) of subparagraph (A)(i), the maximum''; and
                (ii) by striking ``or in the case'' and all that 
            follows through ``subparagraph (C)),''; and
            (C) by striking subparagraph (C) and inserting the 
        following new subparagraph (C):
    ``(C)(i) With respect to loans described in subclause (IV) of 
subparagraph (A)(i) made to a veteran not covered by clause (ii), the 
maximum amount of guaranty entitlement available to the veteran shall 
be 25 percent of the loan.
    ``(ii) With respect to loans described in subclause (IV) of 
subparagraph (A)(i) made to a covered veteran, the maximum amount of 
guaranty entitlement available to the veteran shall be 25 percent of 
the Freddie Mac conforming loan limit, reduced by the amount of 
entitlement previously used by the veteran under this chapter and not 
restored as a result of the exclusion in section 3702(b) of this title.
    ``(iii) In this subparagraph:
        ``(I) The term `covered veteran' means a veteran who has 
    previously used entitlement under this chapter and for whom the 
    full amount of entitlement so used has not been restored as a 
    result of the exclusion in section 3702(b) of this title.
        ``(II) The term `Freddie Mac conforming loan limit' means the 
    limit determined under section 305(a)(2) of the Federal Home Loan 
    Mortgage Corporation Act (12 U.S.C. 1454(a)(2)) for a single-family 
    residence, as adjusted for the year involved.''.
        (2) Loans to native american veterans.--Section 3762(c) of such 
    title is amended--
            (A) by striking paragraph (1); and
            (B) by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) as paragraphs 
        (1) and (2), respectively.
        (3) Conforming amendment.--Section 3710(d)(4) of such title is 
    amended by striking ``section 3703(a)(1)(B) of this title'' and 
    inserting ``subparagraph (B) or (C) of section 3703(a)(1) of this 
    title''.
    (b) Adjustment of Loan Fees.--Section 3729(b)(2) of title 38, 
United States Code, is amended by striking the loan fee table and 
inserting the following:


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                                                       Active duty
                  ``Type of loan                         veteran             Reservist          Other  obligor
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(A)(i) Initial loan described in section 3710(a)   2.15                 2.40                 NA
 to purchase or construct a dwelling with 0-down,
 or any other initial loan described in section
 3710(a) other than with 5-down or 10-down
 (closed on or after October 1, 2004, and before
 January 1, 2020)
(A)(ii) Initial loan described in section 3710(a)  2.30                 2.30                 NA
 to purchase or construct a dwelling with 0-down,
 or any other initial loan described in section
 3710(a) other than with 5-down or 10-down
 (closed on or after January 1, 2020, and before
 January 1, 2022)
(A)(iii) Initial loan described in section         2.15                 2.15                 NA
 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with
 0-down, or any other initial loan described in
 section 3710(a) other than with 5-down or 10-
 down (closed on or after January 1, 2022, and
 before October 1, 2029)
(A)(iv) Initial loan described in section 3710(a)  1.40                 1.40                 NA
 to purchase or construct a dwelling with 0-down,
 or any other initial loan described in section
 3710(a) other than with 5-down or 10-down
 (closed on or after October 1, 2029)
(B)(i) Subsequent loan described in section        3.30                 3.30                 NA
 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with
 0-down, or any other subsequent loan described
 in section 3710(a) (closed on or after October
 1, 2004, and before January 1, 2020)
(B)(ii) Subsequent loan described in section       3.60                 3.60                 NA
 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with
 0-down, or any other subsequent loan described
 in section 3710(a) (closed on or after January
 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2022)
(B)(iii) Subsequent loan described in section      3.30                 3.30                 NA
 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with
 0-down, or any other subsequent loan described
 in section 3710(a) (closed on or after January
 1, 2022, and before October 1, 2029)
(B)(iv) Subsequent loan described in section       1.25                 1.25                 NA
 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with
 0-down, or any other subsequent loan described
 in section 3710(a) (closed on or after October
 1, 2029)
(C)(i) Loan described in section 3710(a) to        1.50                 1.75                 NA
 purchase or construct a dwelling with 5-down
 (closed before January 1, 2020)
(C)(ii) Loan described in section 3710(a) to       1.65                 1.65                 NA
 purchase or construct a dwelling with 5-down
 (closed on or after January 1, 2020, and before
 January 1, 2022)
(C)(iii) Loan described in section 3710(a) to      1.50                 1.50                 NA
 purchase or construct a dwelling with 5-down
 (closed on or after January 1, 2022, and before
 October 1, 2029)
(C)(iv) Loan described in section 3710(a) to       0.75                 0.75                 NA
 purchase or construct a dwelling with 5-down
 (closed on or after October 1, 2029)
(D)(i) Loan described in section 3710(a) to        1.25                 1.50                 NA
 purchase or construct a dwelling with 10-down
 (closed before January 1, 2020)
(D)(ii) Loan described in section 3710(a) to       1.40                 1.40                 NA
 purchase or construct a dwelling with 10-down
 (closed on or after January 1, 2020, and before
 January 1, 2022)
(D)(iii) Loan described in section 3710(a) to      1.25                 1.25                 NA
 purchase or construct a dwelling with 10-down
 (closed on or after January 1, 2022, and before
 October 1, 2029)
(D)(iv) Loan described in section 3710(a) to       0.50                 0.50                 NA
 purchase or construct a dwelling with 10-down
 (closed on or after October 1, 2029)
(E) Interest rate reduction refinancing loan       0.50                 0.50                 NA
(F) Direct loan under section 3711                 1.00                 1.00                 NA
(G) Manufactured home loan under section 3712      1.00                 1.00                 NA
 (other than an interest rate reduction
 refinancing loan)
(H) Loan to Native American veteran under section  1.25                 1.25                 NA
 3762 (other than an interest rate reduction
 refinancing loan)
(I) Loan assumption under section 3714             0.50                 0.50                 0.50
(J) Loan under section 3733(a)                     2.25                 2.25                 2.25''.
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    (c) Waiver of Fees for Purple Heart Recipients.--Section 3729(c)(1) 
of such title is amended--
        (1) by striking ``or from a surviving spouse'' and inserting 
    ``, from a surviving spouse''; and
        (2) by inserting before the period at the end the following: 
    ``, or from a member of the Armed Forces who is serving on active 
    duty and who provides, on or before the date of loan closing, 
    evidence of having been awarded the Purple Heart''.
    (d) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall 
apply with respect to a loan guaranteed under section 3710 of title 38, 
United States Code, on or after January 1, 2020.
    (e) Guidance.--Notwithstanding section 501 of title 38, United 
States Code, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may issue guidance to 
implement this section before prescribing new regulations under 
sections 3703, 3729, and 3762 of such title, as amended by this 
section.
SEC. 7. INFORMATION GATHERING FOR DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HOME 
LOAN APPRAISALS.
    (a) In General.--Section 3731(b) of title 38, United States Code, 
is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
    ``(3) The Secretary shall permit an appraiser on a list developed 
and maintained under subsection (a)(3) to make an appraisal for the 
purposes of this chapter based solely on information gathered by a 
person with whom the appraiser has entered into an agreement for such 
services.''.
    (b) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall 
apply with respect to an appraisal under section 3731 of such title, on 
or after January 1, 2020.
    (c) Guidance.--Notwithstanding section 501 of such title, the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs may issue guidance to implement this 
section before prescribing new regulations under sections 3731 of such 
title, as amended by subsection (a).
SEC. 8. DETERMINATION OF BUDGETARY EFFECTS.
    The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying 
with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by 
reference to the latest statement titled ``Budgetary Effects of PAYGO 
Legislation'' for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional 
Record by the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, provided that 
such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.