House approves four veteran-related bills

Post date: May 24, 2011 1:35:21 PM

By Pete Kasperowicz - 05/23/11 07:08 PM ET

The House on Monday approved four non-controversial bills related to the treatment of veterans, with little debate.

By voice vote, the House approved H.R. 1407, which would increase the cost of living adjustment for veterans with service-related disabilities. This bill also extends the Veterans' Administration's ability to provide special housing assistance to veterans.

By a 380-0 vote, the House approved H.R. 1627, which sets out new conditions for placing monuments in Arlington National Cemetery. This bill specifically calls for a memorial to Jewish chaplains who served in the U.S. military, and prevents the practice of reserving burial plots.

The House also approved H.R. 1383, which would increase a cap on tuition and fees paid by the government for private education. Members believed this cap, which was set in 2010, needed to be increased from $17,500 to $27,000 to cover veterans already enrolled in private educational institutions that had costs above the $17,500 cap. This bill was approved in a 389-0 vote.

Finally, the House approved H.R. 1657, which calls for tougher penalties against companies that misrepresent themselves as owned or operated by veterans. Under this will, companies found to be claiming this incorrectly would be disbarred from contracting with the Veterans' Administration for five years. This bill passed by a 385-1 vote; only Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) voted against the bill.