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Upton Applauds House Passage of Bills to Help our Veterans

Bipartisan legislation encourages the hiring of veterans

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Washington, February 14, 2017 | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in advancing a pair of bipartisan bills to help our nation’s veterans.

“Voting to improve the lives of our brave men and women in uniform is always the easiest vote for me to make. Tonight was no different,” said Upton. “A major problem for returning veterans, especially those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, is finding civilian employment. These bipartisan bills will encourage businesses here in Southwest Michigan and across the country to hire and retain our veterans. I was proud to support these common-sense bills, applaud their bipartisan passage, and look forward to their swift consideration in the Senate.”

H.R. 244, the HIRE Vets Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Paul Cook, R-California, requires the Department of Labor (DOL) to establish the HIRE Vets Medallion Program within two years of enactment, to annually recognize private-and-public sector businesses for their efforts to employ veterans. H.R. 244 was advanced by the House on a bipartisan 409 to 1 vote.

H.R. 974, the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-New York, allows the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, when awarding procurement contracts for goods or service, to give preference to government contractors that employ veterans on a full-time basis. The bill would also allow the Secretary to debar contractors who purposely misrepresent their employment of veterans to receive a contract. H.R. 974 was advanced by the House on a bipartisan 407 to 0 vote. 

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