The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Clause 1 and clauses 2, 3, and 4 of Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives establishes the jurisdiction and related functions for each standing committee. Precedent is also used to determine committee jurisdiction. Clause 1 of Rule X states 'all bills, resolutions, and other matters relating to subjects within the jurisdiction of any standing committee as listed in this clause shall (in accordance with and subject to clause 5) be referred to such committees, as follows': (r) Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (1) Veterans' measures generally. (2) Cemeteries of the United States in which veterans of any war or conflict are or may be buried, whether in the United States or abroad, except cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the Interior. (3) Compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and education of veterans. (4) Life insurance issued by the Government on account of service in the Armed Forces. (5) Pensions of all the wars of the United States, general and special. (6) Readjustment of service members to civil life. (7) Service members' civil relief. (8) Veterans' hospitals, medical care, and treatment of veterans. For more information, please consult the Committee's Rules of Procedure for the 110th Congress. The Committee has oversight responsibility for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. On a regular basis, the Committee with subcommittees, convenes hearings which examine issues such as: VA compliance with statutory provisions; VA's effectiveness in providing timely benefits and quality heath care; Management practices and efficient expenditure of resources. The Committee's legislative responsibilities cover a wide range of veterans issues. However, veterans and other interested people may be surprised to learn that the Veterans' Affairs Committee does not have legislative jurisdiction over the following issues: Tax status of veterans benefits and contributions to Veterans Service Organizations (Committee on Ways and Means); Military retiree issues, including COLA's and disability pay (Committee on Armed Services); CHAMPUS and Tri-Care (Committee on Armed Services); Survivor Benefit Program (Committee on Armed Services); Veterans Preference in Federal civil service hiring practice (Committee on Government Reform and Oversight); Congressional charters for veterans service organizations (Committee on Judiciary); Immigration issues relating to veterans (Committee on Judiciary); and Issues dealing with Prisoners of War (POWs) and service members missing in action (MIAs) (Committee on Armed Services).

Committee Members:

Tim Walz (D)
Minnesota District 1
(Ranking Minority Member)
 Phone: (202) 225-2472
Fax: (202) 225-3433
Phil Roe (R)
Tennessee District 1
 Phone: (202) 225-6356
Fax: (202) 225-5714
Gus Bilirakis (R)
Florida District 12
(Vice Chair)
 Phone: (202) 225-5755
Fax: (202) 225-4085
Mark Takano (D)
California District 41
(Vice Ranking Minority Member)
 Phone: (202) 225-2305
Fax: (202) 225-7018
Mike Coffman (R)
Colorado District 6
 Phone: (202) 225-7882
Fax: (202) 226-4623
Julia Brownley (D)
California District 26
 Phone: (202) 225-5811
Fax: (202) 225-1100
Bill Flores (R)
Texas District 17
 Phone: (202) 225-6105
Fax: (202) 225-0350
Ann Kuster (D)
New Hampshire District 2
 Phone: (202) 225-5206
Fax: (202) 225-2946
Beto O'Rourke (D)
Texas District 16
 Phone: (202) 225-4831
Fax: (202) 225-2016
Aumua Radewagen (R)
American Samoa At-Large District
 Phone: (202) 225-8577
Fax: (202) 225-8757
Mike Bost (R)
Illinois District 12
 Phone: (202) 225-5661
Fax: (202) 225-0285
Kathleen Rice (D)
New York District 4
 Phone: (202) 225-5516
Fax: (202) 225-5758
Bruce Poliquin (R)
Maine District 2
 Phone: (202) 225-6306
Fax: (202) 225-2943
Lou Correa (D)
California District 46
 Phone: (202) 225-2965
Conor Lamb (D)
Pennsylvania District 18
 Phone: (202) 225-2301
Fax: (202) 225-1844
Neal Dunn (R)
Florida District 2
 Phone: (202) 225-5235
Fax: (202) 225-5615
Jodey Arrington (R)
Texas District 19
 Phone: (202) 225-4005
Fax: (202) 225-9615
Elizabeth Esty (D)
Connecticut District 5
 Phone: (202) 225-4476
Fax: (860) 225-7289
Scott Peters (D)
California District 52
 Phone: (202) 225-0508
Clay Higgins (R)
Louisiana District 3
 Phone: (202) 225-2031
Fax: (202) 225-5724
John Bergman (R)
Michigan District 1
 Phone: (202) 225-4735
Fax: (202) 225-4710
Jim Banks (R)
Indiana District 3
 Phone: (202) 225-4436
Fax: (202) 226-9870
Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R)
Puerto Rico At-Large District
 Phone: (202) 225-2615
Fax: (202) 225-2154
Brian Mast (R)
Florida District 18
 Phone: (202) 225-3026
Fax: (202) 225-8398


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