Congresswoman Luria’s Bills to Increase Veterans’ Benefits and Protect Student Veterans Pass House Committee on Veterans Affairs

March 12, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Luria’s Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2020 and her Transparency for Student Veterans Act passed the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) during markup, clearing the path for House passage of two critical initiatives to assist Virginia’s veterans.

The Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2020 (H.R. 6168) would put more money in the pockets of American veterans by increasing compensation rates for certain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This COLA includes compensation, clothing allowance, and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) benefits. This bill would base increases in these benefits on the cost-of-living increase for Social Security recipients. Last September, Congresswoman Luria’s Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act became law with broad bipartisan support.   

“Veterans across my district, and the nation, depend on these earned benefits, so it is my duty to ensure that the increasing costs of living are taken into account each year,” said Congresswoman Luria. “Last year, I was honored to deliver for our veterans when my Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act of 2019 became law. I look forward to working with my colleagues to once again ensure veterans’ benefits are protected.” 

Congresswoman Luria’s Transparency for Student Veterans Act (H.R. 6157) would empower veterans to choose the higher education option that is best for them. This bill would enable the VA to access student outcome data that the government already collects through other federal agencies. The data would then be available online to all veterans through the GI Bill Comparison Tool, which will provide an easily-accessible, one-stop access point for information such as graduation rates, transfer rates, and post-graduation employment statistics.

“The Transparency for Student Veterans Act will ensure that our bravest men and women have the information that they need to make a more informed decision about their education,” said Congresswoman Luria. “This bill will equip our veterans with transparent information about how to best utilize their GI Bill education benefits.”

Click above to watch Congresswoman Luria speak about her bills.

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.