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May 24, 2011

Denham votes in favor of four pieces of veterans' legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jeff Denham, member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, voted in support of legislation to help and honor veterans of all generations on the House Floor yesterday.

Legislation included: fixes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill to keep student veterans in the school of their choice (H.R. 1383); establishes a new process for the placement of monuments at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as enforcing the reservation process at Arlington (H.R. 1627); imposes penalties for small businesses claiming veteran-owned status (H.R. 1657); and, reissues the annual Cost-of-Living Adjustment for veterans and survivors (H.R. 1407). All bills were passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and now head to the Senate for consideration.

“These bills have bipartisan support and will improve and expand on the care provided to our veterans,” Denham said in a news release. “Our service men and women risk their lives every day to protect our country and these bills will ensure that America keeps its promises to our Veterans. The Veterans Committee has worked to pass this legislation to honor, remember, and respect the sacrifices our service men and women have made.”

Last week in his own district Rep. Denham hosted a Veterans Roundtable in Modesto. A Veteran himself, Denham said he recognizes the unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles veterans face every day. This event was a way for the community to come together to find ways to ensure our Veterans are well represented and receive the care that they were promised. “Like” Rep. Denham’s Facebook page to see pictures from the event, www.facebook.com/RepJeffDenham

The four pieces of legislation passed through the House:

· H.R. 1407 (as amended, voice vote) - Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011(Sponsored by Rep. Jon Runyan / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

· H.R. 1627 (as amended, 380-0) - To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for certain requirements for the placement of monuments in Arlington National Cemetery, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

· H.R. 1383 (as amended, 389-0) - Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

· H.R. 1657 (382-1) - To amend title 38, United States Code, to revise the enforcement penalties for misrepresentation of a business concern as a small business concern owned and controlled by veterans or as a small business concern owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans (Sponsored by Rep. Marlin Stutzman / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

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