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S 1156 - Department of Veterans Affairs Improvement Act of 2003 - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Howard Berman Did Not Vote on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) - Became Public Law No. 108-170 -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (423-2) - (Key vote)

Title: Department of Veterans Affairs Improvement Act of 2003

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would alter government run health programs for veterans.

Highlights:
  • Eliminates the prior 90 day minimum detainment or internment as a prisoner of war before eligible for outpatient dental care.
  • Specifies treatment availability for a veteran who participated in chemical and biological warfare testing from 1962-1973.
  • Expands rehabilitative services previously authorized to be provided for disabled veterans.
  • Specifies funding for construction of veteran medical facilities.
Note:

NOTE: THIS VOTE WAS TAKEN UNDER A SUSPENSION OF THE RULES TO CUT OFF DEBATE EARLY AND VOTE TO PASS THE BILL, THEREBY REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY FOR PASSAGE.

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) -
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

NOTE: THIS VOTE PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MEANING NO MEMBER OBJECTED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTE. THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE THAT ALL MEMBERS FAVORED THE VOTE'S OUTCOME.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Department of Veterans Affairs Improvement Act of 2003

Sponsors

  • Arlen Specter (PA - D) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Jim Bunning (KY - R) (Out Of Office)
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