United States House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

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The standing Committee on Veterans' Affairs in the United States House of Representatives oversees agencies, reviews current legislation, and recommends new bills or amendments concerning U.S. military veterans. Jurisdiction[1] includes retiring and disability pensions, life insurance, education (including the G.I. Bill), vocational training, medical care, and home loan guarantees. The committee oversees the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans' hospitals, and veterans' cemeteries, except cemeteries under the Secretary of the Interior.

Veterans and other interested people may be surprised to learn that the Veterans' Affairs Committee does not have legislative jurisdiction[2] over the following issues:

The committee was created by Section 121(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (Public Law 79-601), which authorized a standing committee of 27 members.

Past and current chairs[edit]

The chairs of the committee:


115th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Sources: H.Res. 6 (Chair), H.Res. 45 (D), H.Res. 51 (R) and H.Res. 52 (D)

According to committee members' official online biographies, eleven (Banks, Bergman, Bost, Coffman, Dunn, Higgins, Lamb, Roe, Salban, Walz, Wenstrup) of the twenty-one members are veterans.

Past committee rosters[edit]

114th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Resolutions electing Republican members: H.Res. 6 (Chairs)
Resolutions electing Democratic members: H.Res. 7, H.Res. 30, H.Res. 40 and H.Res. 77


Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Mike Bost (R-IL) Elizabeth Esty (D-CT)
Economic Opportunity Jodey Arrington (R-TX) Beto O'Rourke (D-TX)
Health Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) Julia Brownley (D-CA)
Oversight and Investigations Jack Bergman (R-MI) Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH)
Technology Modernization[4] Jim Banks (R-IN) Conor Lamb (D-PA)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "House Committee on Veterans Affairs". veterans.house.gov. Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  2. ^ "House Committee on Veterans Affairs". veterans.house.gov. Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  3. ^ Horseman, Jeff (11 July 2016). "CONGRESS: Corrine Brown indictment makes Mark Takano ranking Democrat on veterans' affairs committee". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "House Committee on Veterans Affairs". House Committee on Veterans Affairs. 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 

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