Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s Bill to Help American Veterans Passes House

May 28, 2020
Press Release
DAMA Chair Luria joins with Ranking Member Bost to advance H.R. 6168, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Elaine Luria's bipartisan bill, H.R. 6168, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020, which would put more money in the pockets of American veterans.

H.R. 6168, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020, which was co-sponsored by Congressman Mike Bost (IL-12), passed by voice vote and is the second time Congresswoman Luria has championed this critical legislation for veterans during her time in office.

“As we face unprecedented times, I continue to keep our nation's veterans at the top of my mind while they face challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic,” said Congresswoman Luria. “During this public health emergency, it is more important now than ever to provide this cost of living adjustment to disabled veterans who depend on their benefits to pay for necessities. I’m thankful to Ranking Member Bost for his support and I urge my Senate colleagues to quickly pass this economic relief and pay raise for our veterans.”

“Now more than ever, it is critical that the men and women who have served our nation receive the benefits they have earned,” said Congressman Mike Bost. Many veterans and their families depend on these benefits to pay for necessities like food and medicine. I’m proud to help sponsor this bipartisan bill to provide an important cost-of-living adjustment for our veterans and their dependents.”

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Congresswoman Luria spoke on the House floor regarding H.R. 6168

H.R. 6168 provides cost-of-living increases for wartime disability compensation; compensation for dependents; clothing allowance; dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouses; and dependency and indemnity compensation to children. Without such increases, veterans may not be able to have an acceptable quality-of-life into their later years.

Ahead of passage, Congresswoman Luria delivered the following House Floor speech. Link to video here.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.