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Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2008

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VETERANS' COMPENSATION COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 2008 -- (House of Representatives - September 09, 2008)

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Mr. MORAN of Kansas. Mr. Speaker, I am a supporter of S. 2617, the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2008. On May 21 of this year, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5826, the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Act of 2008, introduced by our colleague, the gentleman from Texas, Mr. Rodriguez.

The legislation before us today is the Senate companion to that bill. It would increase, effective December 1, 2008, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans.

I would like to thank the gentleman from California, the chairman, Mr. Filner, and the ranking member, the gentleman from Indiana, Mr. Buyer, for bringing this bill to the floor in a timely manner, and acknowledge the efforts by our colleagues, the Chairman of the Subcommittee, Mr. Hall, and the ranking member, Mr. Lamborn, for their work and leadership on improving benefits for our veterans.

The legislation before us is an important annual authorization which provides our Nation's veterans with a timely increase in their compensation later this year. It was requested by the Bush administration, and the House passage today will send this bill to the President to be signed into law.

Mr. Speaker, I encourage my colleagues to support this bill.

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