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What is the Veterans’ Affairs committee?

The Veterans Affairs committee was established in 1970 to shift the responsibility of veterans from the finance and labor committees to a single committee. From 19 7 to 1970, questions related to veterans’ compensation and veterans in general were referred to the Finance Committee, while questions related to vocational rehabilitation, education, care Medical care, civil relief and civil rehabilitation are referred to the Department of Labor and Public Welfare.

Congressional legislation relating to veterans has changed over the years. For members of the armed forces and their families during the First Wars of the Country, the War of Independence, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, and the Spanish American War , the federal government’s response was largely financial. This is clearly the legislative mandate of the Senate Retirement Committee, which was established as one of the first permanent committees of the Senate in 1816 and continued to be terminated in the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1816. 19 6.

During World War I, the nature of Congress responding to the needs of veterans evolved into a more diverse set of programs. A war hedging program, moved to the Senate Finance Committee, changed the consideration of veterans’ benefits in the Senate. The Finance Committee was the Senate standing committee with ultimate responsibility for veterans programs from 1917 to 19 6. After World War II, the Finance Committee handled the Military Adjustment Act. The 19 “Declaration of the Interests GI,” extended to service members and their families. family, certain benefits, including unemployment benefits, education, job training, home and business loan guarantees, and more. compared to the traditional pension and health benefits of previous years. Many experts believe the law was one of the most important factors in the expansion of the middle class after World War II.

The Veterans Affairs Committee had nine members at its original congress, the 92nd Congress (197173). It now has a total of 18 members.

Current Members:

Chairman

Chairman Jon Tester (D – MT)

Ranking Member

Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R – KS)

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Senator Patty Murray(D – WA)

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Senator John Boozman(R – AR)

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Senator Bernie Sanders(I – VT)

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Senator Bill Cassidy(R – LA)

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Senator Sherrod Brown(D – OH)

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Senator Mike Rounds(R – SD)

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Senator Richard Blumenthal(D – CT)

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Senator Thom Tillis(R – NC)

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Senator Mazie K. Hirono(D – HI)

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Senator Dan Sullivan(R – AK)

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Senator Joe Manchin III.(D – WV)

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Senator Marsha Blackburn(R – TN)

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema(D – AZ)

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Senator Kevin Cramer(R – ND)

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Senator Maggie Hassan(D – NH)

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Senator Tommy Tuberville(R – AL)