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Veterans

I am committed to making sure that the men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the U.S. military get the resources and care they need – both at home and abroad – and guarantee they receive the benefits they have earned.

As the son of a U.S. Navy veteran, I understand the importance of supporting those in uniform and providing them the dignity they are entitled to. This includes:

Boosting veteran benefits: I am committed to honoring our veteran’s service by ensuring they continue to receive all the benefits they have earned, which is why I’m a cosponsor of H.R. 1329, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-Of-Living Adjustment Act. This bill would increase cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) rates for veterans with service-connected disabilities and for survivors of certain disabled veterans.

Preventing veterans suicide: I was pleased to vote for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act in February 2016 and watch former President Obama sign it into law. The law expands access to mental health services for our nation’s veterans and seeks to curb the epidemic of veterans’ suicides in our country.

Protecting veterans’ from toxic chemical contamination: Oscoda, Michigan, is home to the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, which has groundwater near the base that is unsafe to drink because of dangerous per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS. I have worked to bring safe drinking water to veterans and their families living around the base and launched the PFAS Task Force in Congress to bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass policies that protect veterans and public health.

The following is a list of veteran-based legislation that was signed into law during the 115th Congress with my support.

  • H.R. 3218: The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever G.I. Bill).
  • S. 2372: VA MISSION Act of 2018.
  • H.R. 2147: Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018.
  • H.R. 2519: The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act.
  • H.R. 244: HIRE Vets Act
  • H.R. 2288: Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017.
  • H.R. 1329: The Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2017.
  • S. 1094: The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.
  • S.1266: Enhancing Veteran Care Act.
  • S. 1393: Jobs for Our Heroes Act.
  • H.R. 4910: Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act.
  • H.R. 2345: National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act.

More on Veterans

May 9, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17) introduced the PFAS Waste Incineration Ban Act. The legislation would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prohibit the incineration of firefighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Additionally, the bill would require the EPA to identify other wastes containing PFAS and prohibit their incineration.

May 9, 2019 Press Release

New Bipartisan Bill Helps Hold Manufacturers, Producers Accountable for PFAS Contamination

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, along with Congressmen Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Mike Gallagher (WI-08) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) today introduced H.R. 2577, bipartisan legislation that would require per-and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS) to be listed on the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

May 9, 2019 Press Release

U.S. Reps Dan Kildee (MI-05), Fred Upton (MI-06), Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Tim Walberg (MI-7) today introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 2626, the PFAS Federal Facility Accountability Act of 2019, that requires federal agencies to cooperate with states as PFAS contamination is detected in communities near federal installations such as active military installations, former military installations, or National Guard facilities.

May 7, 2019 Press Release

Kildee, Co-Chair of the PFAS Task Force, Visits Two Congressional Districts Affected with Toxic Chemicals to Continue Push for Federal Action on PFAS

April 30, 2019 Press Release

Bipartisan Bill Would Require EPA to Protect Americans from PFAS in Drinking Water

April 11, 2019 Press Release

Package of Five Bills Would Improve Testing and Inspection for Lead in Drinking Water and Paint

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced a package of five bills to protect families from the threat of lead exposure in their homes and schools.

The Kildee-Speier-Duckworth-Peters legislation would:

April 4, 2019 Press Release

Legislation Requires Department of Veterans’ Affairs to Cover Health Conditions Linked to PFAS Chemical Contamination on Military Bases

April 2, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today testified before the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations about toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemical contamination in Michigan and across the country. Kildee asked the Appropriations Committee to invest more funding in Fiscal Year 2020 on cleaning up PFAS chemicals at former military bases around the country, including former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Mich.

March 26, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement today after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer moved forward to establish per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) drinking water standards in Michigan: 

March 14, 2019 Press Release

Lawmakers Ask Air Force to Increase Investments in Clean-Up Around Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base