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Short Titles

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Reported to Senate

SHIELD for Veterans Act of 2020
Stopping Harm and Implementing Enhanced Lead-time for Debts for Veterans Act of 2020

Short Titles as Introduced

Veteran Debt Fairness Act of 2019

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Official Titles - Senate

Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the processing of veterans benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs, to limit the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recover overpayments made by the Department and other amounts owed by veterans to the United States, to improve the due process accorded veterans with respect to such recovery, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
09/15/2020Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Reported by Senator Moran with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
03/14/2019Introduced in Senate

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Date All Actions
09/15/2020Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 539.
Action By: Senate
09/15/2020Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Reported by Senator Moran with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
08/05/2020Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
05/22/2019Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
03/14/2019Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Action By: Senate

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Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Veterans' Affairs03/14/2019 Referred to
05/22/2019 Hearings by
08/05/2020 Markup by
09/15/2020 Reported by

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Introduced in Senate (03/14/2019)

Veteran Debt Fairness Act of 2019

This bill limits the authority of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recover overpayments of benefits from veterans. Among other requirements, the VA must update its information technology systems to allow for expedited notification when a veteran incurs a debt via participation in a VA benefits program.

The VA may only deduct the amount of debt of any veteran who is in debt because of participation in a VA benefits program from future benefit payments if the debt is the result of the following:

  • failure to report correct, required information to the VA by the veteran (or other party such as a spouse);
  • fraud or misrepresentation perpetrated by the veteran (or other party);
  • a reduction in or termination of pursuit of a program of education, in the case of a recipient of educational assistance; or
  • failure to complete a service agreement, in the case of the transfer of education assistance.

Additionally, the bill requires the VA to prescribe an administrative process for the dispute of the existence or amount of debt.

The bill also prohibits the VA from recovering certain debt that is more than five years old or withholding more than 25% of certain benefit payments.

Finally, the bill prescribes procedures by which the VA and debt collectors shall correct errors submitted to consumer reporting agencies.