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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

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Bill Would Improve Testing and Inspection of Lead in Paint

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, that would protect military families from the threat of lead exposure in their homes. This legislation, previously introduced by Congressman Kildee, is now a part of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020, which passed the House 220-197.

The Kildee legislation would:

July 11, 2019 Press Release

Bipartisan Amendments Would Help Clean-up, Identify PFAS-Contaminated Sites

The U.S. House of Representatives adopted amendments introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in Michigan and across the country. The amendments passed and will be included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2020, which is expected to be voted on by the House tomorrow.

July 9, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, and Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (PA-04) issued the following joint statement after the Trump Administration issued a veto threat for the House’s National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 (NDAA), citing a provision that phases out dangerous firefighting foam that contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

June 25, 2019 Press Release

Kildee Secured $46 Million Increase in this Year’s House Funding Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bill that included $60 million to clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) around prior military installations, like the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. Congressman Kildee, Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, worked to boost this investment from $14 million last year to $60 million this year.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

An amendment by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has been included in the Defense appropriations bill being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, slated for final passage Wednesday afternoon.

Kildee’s amendment increases the Army, Air Force, and Navy Environmental Restoration funds by a total of $15 million to clean up PFAS chemical contamination in and around active military bases across the country.

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