Text: H.R.6212 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/11/2020)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6212


To provide for the continuation of Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance benefits during emergency situations, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 11, 2020

Mr. Takano introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To provide for the continuation of Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance benefits during emergency situations, 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. Continuation of Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance benefits during emergency situations.

(a) Continuation of benefits.—During the 180-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may treat a program of education offered by distance learning as if such program of education were offered on-site at an educational institution for purposes of the laws administered by the Secretary, if such program of education is—

(1) converted from being offered on-site at an educational institution to being offered by distance learning by reason of an emergency or health-related situation, as determined by the Secretary; or

(2) offered by distance learning by reason of the existence of an emergency or health-related situation, as so determined.

(b) Continuation of payment of allowances in emergency situations.—Section 3680(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2)(A), by striking “4 weeks” and inserting “eight weeks”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(3) For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘emergency situation’ means—

“(A) a public health crisis;

“(B) a state of emergency declared by the Federal Government or by a State or local government; or

“(C) any other situation, as determined by the Secretary.”.


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