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Our office is currently waiting for the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide information requested on this issue. I am troubled that they seemed to be unaware of this potential policy change and how it was made public. I understand the DoD is in the middle of a review of relevant policies and I believe this ban is premature. There are heroic military members willing to put their lives on the line and give the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, regardless of their gender identity.
Washington, D.C. - The Association of the United States Navy has endorsed Congressman Scott Taylor’s VA Senior Executive Accountability (SEA) Act. “Thank you for taking an active role in such an important issue to the Military and Veteran community by working to improve the lives and careers of those who served our great nation,” said Michael Little, Director of Legislative Affairs.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives, with the support of Congressman Taylor, voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. The NDAA authorizes funding to equip, supply, and train troops, and provide for military families. Included in the bill was an amendment offered by Representative Taylor.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Taylor announced his co-sponsorship of H.R. 282, the Military Residency Choice Act, introduced by Representative Elise Stefanik. This legislation amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to authorize spouses of servicemembers to elect to use the same residences as the servicemembers.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Taylor voted in support of H.R. 2372, the Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now (VETERANS) Act. This legislation allows veterans who are eligible for, but do not elect to be covered by, certain Veterans Affairs health programs to qualify for current law premium assistance tax credits. The bill also amends the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to provide the same rule with respect to the new credit for the purchase of health insurance.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Taylor voted in support of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. This legislation would institute long-needed reforms at the VA by granting the Secretary authority to expeditiously remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, for performance or misconduct. Additionally, it provides protections for whistleblowers, and gives the Secretary the ability to reduce federal pensions or recoup bonuses for employees. Similar legislation, H.R.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Taylor introduced legislation designed to strengthen accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs. H.R. 2772, the VA Senior Executive Accountability (VA SEA) Act, would require the VA Secretary to furnish semiannual reports on the reassignment of senior executive employees at the VA, including the reason for their reassignment and the associated costs. Further, it would require the VA Secretary to personally sign off on senior executive transfers, thus adding an additional layer of accountability.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Scott Taylor voiced his support for three veteran-related bills before the House floor, today. H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, would require that each director of a VA medical center must certify compliance with the scheduling directive, prohibit VA medical center leaders from receiving awards or bonuses if their facility fails to certify compliance, and require the VA ensure that directives and policies apply to each VA office or facility, uniformly. H.R.
WASHINGTON D.C.- May 3, 2017—Today, Congressman Scott Taylor supported the bipartisan FY17 Consolidated Appropriations Act to fund the government through the end of September, averting a shutdown. The appropriations bill includes priorities of the Congressman, such as an increase from FY16 of $25.7 billion dollars for defense spending, funding for NASA including launches at Wallops facility, an additional $1.5 billion for border protection (the most in a decade), the largest military pay raise in 6 years, and sustained funding for Chesapeake Bay programs.
As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I will fight to ensure that Congress does its job by keeping the government open. I support a full year appropriations bill for the remainder of FY17, as this would allow for an increase in defense spending while ensuring that vital government services aren’t shut down for the American taxpayers. Congress has been enacting continuing resolutions for years now. This hurts, among other things, multi-year defense projects, thus reducing predictability and driving up costs in the long term. An omnibus bill is much preferable.