Rep. Cisneros Authored Veterans Bills Pass the House on a Bipartisan Basis

July 23, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) announced that two of his bills passed the House Floor on a bipartisan voice vote. The first bill, authored by Rep. Cisneros, was H.R. 2942, the Helping Expand and Launch Transitional Health (HEALTH) for Women Veterans Act.

“As a Navy veteran, one of my top priorities is ensuring active servicemembers who are transitioning into the civilian world are connected to the VA system and given the best education and tools they need to succeed,” said Rep. Cisneros. “Despite being the fastest growing cohort in our military community, many servicewomen face unique challenges related to their benefits. It is time our servicewomen and women veterans receive the care they deserve and my HEALTH for Women Veterans Act is the first step to ensuring we serve the women who have served us.”

“I founded the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus because I felt we as a country were not doing enough to address the unique challenges these brave women face,” said Rep. Houlahan, Founder and Chair of the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus. “Today, mere months after our launch, I’m so proud to join Rep. Cisneros, a fellow member of the Caucus, on this legislation that helps expand and institutionalize the successful Women’s Health Transition Assistance Pilot program at the VA. This program has already shown great promise in helping better educate women about health care available to them at the VA as they transition out of the military and into civilian life. The fight to elevate these issues requires men and women, veterans and civilians, Democrats and Republicans to band together, and today, we’re taking an important step in that direction.”

The second bill, H.R. 2943, the Providing Benefits Information in Spanish and Tagalog for Veterans and Families Act directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure all fact sheets from the Department of Veterans Affairs available in Spanish and Tagalog, in addition to English.

“Language should never act as a barrier to any veteran receiving the care and benefits they deserve,” said Rep. Cisneros. “My bill, the Providing Benefits in Spanish and Tagalog for Veterans and Families Act, is a simple, common-sense fix to ensure the benefits of the VA are equitable and accessible for minority and underserved communities. To truly serve our veterans, we must provide them and their families with clear explanations of the services available to them.”

“One of my chief priorities as Chair of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is to remove barriers that stand between veterans and their benefits. Both of Rep. Cisneros’ bills that passed through the House today ensure that those barriers – whether based on your gender or your primary language – do not prevent veterans from accessing the benefits they’ve earned,” said Chairman Mark Takano.

Rep. Cisneros is a Navy veteran and is a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and the House Armed Services Committee. Both bills await further legislative action in the Senate.

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