H.R. 840 - Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act

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    Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act

Rule Information

REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Agreed to by record vote of 225-193, after agreeing to the previous question by record vote of 227-189, on Wednesday, February 7, 2019.

MANAGERS: Morelle/Woodall

1. Structured rule for H.R. 840.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Makes in order as original text for the purpose of amendment the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 116-3 and provides that it shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute.

6. Makes in order only those further amendments printed in the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. 

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

9. Provides that House Resolution 86 is hereby adopted.

10. Provides that it shall be in order at any time through the legislative day of February 15, 2019, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules and that the Speaker or her designee shall consult with the Minority Leader or his designee on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section.

Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
1Version 1Moore (WI)DemocratWithdrawn Add services related to military sexual assault to the list of eligible VA services for which child care assistance under the bill can be provided. Withdrawn
2Version 1Moore (WI)DemocratRequire annual reports on participation in this program and biannual reports on any other child care related barriers that remain for veterans seeking care at VA medical facilities. Made In Order
3Version 2Sablan (MP)DemocratRevised Clarifies that veterans who receive telemental health services furnished by the Department as opposed to in-person mental health services would be eligible for child care assistance authorized under the bill.Made In Order
4Version 2Sherrill (NJ)DemocratRevised States that child care providers may not provide child care under the bill if they employ an individual who has been convicted of a sex crime, an offense involving a child victim, a violent crime, a drug felony, or other offense the Secretary deems appropriate. It also states that nothing in the amendment would lower more restrictive existing federal, state, or local standards of hiring and screening at child care centers within this Act.Made In Order
5Version 1Sherrill (NJ)DemocratWithdrawn Provides for public notice of the availability and eligibility requirements of the expanded and cost-free child care assistance provided.Withdrawn
6Version 1Sherrill (NJ), Kuster (NH), Moore (WI)DemocratAmends the bill to specifically include Military Sexual Trauma counseling and care services under section 1720D of title 38 in the definition of 'covered health care services.'Made In Order
7Version 1Norcross (NJ), Kuster (NH)DemocratAdds services related to substance use disorder and diseases of addiction, such as opioid use disorder, as a covered service.Submitted
8Version 1Case (HI), Barr (KY)Bi-PartisanExtends child care assistance to every vet who gets assistance from an authorized provider – whether that is in the private sector or through the VA system. The goal is to ensure all veterans are treated equally regardless of where they get their health care. Submitted
9Version 1Delgado (NY), Lawrence (MI)DemocratAdds extended day programs to the child care services that can receive stipends. Extended day programs are before and after school programs held at educational institutions for students whose parents have obligations prior to school hours and/or obligations that extend beyond school hours.Made In Order
10Version 1Delgado (NY), Stefanik (NY), Harder (CA)Bi-PartisanInclude under definitions in the Health Care Services, Emergency Mental Health Care Services, which provide immediate assistance to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The goals are to prevent the crisis from worsening, relieve immediate distress, and prevent individuals from harming themselves and/or others.Made In Order
11Version 1Pappas (NH), Kuster (NH), Gabbard (HI)DemocratExtend eligibility for child care assistance to veterans who receive care at a non-VA facility in those states where no full-service Department hospital is located.Submitted
12Version 2Davis, Rodney (IL), Panetta (CA)Bi-PartisanRevised Prevents interpretation by the VA that only one of the two parents could be considered the primary caretaker.Made In Order
13Version 1Brindisi (NY), Kuster (NH)DemocratRequires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report on how the VA can improve access to licensed child care centers, including on-site child care facilities of the Department, for veterans residing in rural areas. Submitted
14Version 2Brindisi (NY), Kuster (NH)DemocratRevised Clarifies that veterans who receive covered health care services at VA community-based outpatient clinics are eligible for child care assistance.Made In Order
15Version 2Rose, Max (NY), Norcross (NJ)DemocratRevised Include substance or drug abuse counseling in the definition of “covered health care services."Made In Order
16Version 1Cloud (TX)RepublicanDirects the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an annual report to Congress on its processing system for child care payments to veterans and private care providers. Moreover, the VA must identify the number of unprocessed child care claims that have been left unresolved in its report.Made In Order
17Version 1Barr (KY)RepublicanRequire a study of the effects of child care assistance provided under section 2 of the underlying bill and on compliance with treatment protocols. Made In Order
18Version 1Roe (TN)RepublicanAllow for flexibility for the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission by removing the requirement for the Commission to meet only in calendar years 2022 and 2023. Submitted
19Version 1Arrington (TX)RepublicanProhibit any employee hired by the Secretary to provide childcare under this bill from using taxpayer-funded union time. Submitted
20Version 2Bilirakis (FL)RepublicanRevised Offset the bill by extending the current funding fee rates for the use of certain VA Home Loans through December 31, 2028.Revised
21Version 3Cisneros (CA), Welch (VT)DemocratRevised Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a feasibility study to determine how the Department of Veterans Affairs could provide child care assistance for veterans who receive covered health care services from non-Department facilities. Made In Order
22Version 1Cisneros (CA)DemocratInclude intensive health care services related to physical therapy for a service-connected disability in the definition of “covered health care services.”Made In Order
23Version 2Allred (TX), Sherrill (NJ), Torres, Norma (CA)DemocratRevised Require the Secretary to provide public notification on VA.gov to ensure veterans are aware of the expanded, cost-free child care services within this Act, and to perform outreach to inform eligible veterans. Made In Order
24Version 2Kuster (NH)DemocratRevised Require the Secretary to establish criteria for furnishing child care assistance to eligible veterans that accounts for unusual or excessive access burdens, such as excessive driving distance, geographic challenges, and other environmental factors. It would also correct a technical error to the Rules Committee print. Made In Order
25Version 2Golden (ME), Kuster (NH)DemocratRevised Expands the scope of services under which a veteran would qualify for free child care to include health care services provided as part of readjustment counseling.Made In Order
26Version 1Golden (ME), Brindisi (NY)DemocratDirects the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report to Congress regarding the accessibility and effectiveness of the program for eligible individuals who reside in rural and highly rural areas. Made In Order
27Version 2Radewagen (AS)RepublicanRevised Clarifies that the child care benefit be made available for veterans while they are traveling to or attending VA appointments and not at any other time.Made In Order
28Version 2Bergman (MI)RepublicanRevised Prohibits VA from constructing new structures to be used as childcare centers.Made In Order
29Version 1Torres, Norma (CA)DemocratLate Withdrawn Requires Secretary perform outreach to inform eligible veterans of the provisions of this legislation upon receiving eligible care.Withdrawn
30Version 1Lee, Susie (NV), Lesko (AZ)Bi-PartisanLate Specifies that all Vet Centers, not just Vet Centers located within a physical area in which VA has jurisdiction, would also be a place where veterans could be eligible for no-cost child care. Made In Order
31Version 1Slotkin (MI)DemocratLate Provide authority for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to consult with the Secretary of Defense in implementing the bill.Made In Order
32Version 1Rice, Kathleen (NY)DemocratLate Clarifies that veterans with other-than-honorable discharges are eligible for child care assistance under the bill.Submitted