House Bill 6961
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Dignity for MST Survivors Act
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Passed House on May 18, 2022
Overview
Text
Introduced
Mar 7, 2022
Latest Action
May 19, 2022
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
6961
Congress
117
Policy Area
Armed Forces and National Security
Armed Forces and National Security
Primary focus of measure is military operations and spending, facilities, procurement and weapons, personnel, intelligence; strategic materials; war and emergency powers; veterans’ issues. Measures concerning alliances and collective security, arms sales and military assistance, or arms control may fall under International Affairs policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Indiana
California
Maryland
New Hampshire
House Votes (2)
Senate Votes (0)
Passed
May 18, 2022
Type
Final Passage Under Suspension Of The Rules Results
House Roll Call Votes
Summary

Dignity for MST Survivors Act

This bill modifies communications and procedures for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) regarding claims for compensation based on military sexual trauma (MST) experienced by veterans.

The bill requires the VA to ensure each member of the BVA is offered annual training on MST and proceedings that concern a claim for compensation based on MST. A proceeding that concerns a claim for compensation based on MST may not be assigned to a member of the BVA (or a panel of members) unless such persons have completed the annual training.

When a notice of disagreement is filed, the BVA must promptly determine whether it is filed for a case that concerns a claim for compensation based on MST and for which the appellant has requested a hearing in the notice.

The VA must audit the language used in letters sent to individuals to explain decisions denying claims for compensation based on MST. Letters must be modified to ensure (1) the use of trauma-informed language, and (2) veterans are not retraumatized through insensitive language.

The VA must establish protocols for contract medical providers to ensure that the medical providers use trauma-informed practices in conducting examinations in relation to claims for compensation based on MST.

Text (3)
May 19, 2022
May 18, 2022
March 7, 2022
Actions (15)
05/19/2022
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
05/18/2022
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
05/18/2022
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 405 - 12 (Roll no. 216). (text: CR H5107)
05/18/2022
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 405 - 12 (Roll no. 216).
05/18/2022
Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H5142)
05/18/2022
At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
05/18/2022
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6961.
05/18/2022
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5107-5108)
05/18/2022
Mr. Takano moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
04/06/2022
Ordered to be Reported (Amended).
04/06/2022
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
04/06/2022
Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Discharged.
03/28/2022
Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
03/07/2022
Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
03/07/2022
Introduced in House
Public Record
Record Created
Mar 8, 2022 8:12:14 AM
Record Updated
Jun 1, 2022 7:30:37 PM