House Bill 7946
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Veteran Service Recognition Act of 2022
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Amendments
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Passed House on Dec 6, 2022
Overview
Text
Introduced
Jun 3, 2022
Latest Action
Dec 7, 2022
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
7946
Congress
117
Policy Area
Immigration
Immigration
Primary focus of measure is administration of immigration and naturalization matters; immigration enforcement procedures; refugees and asylum policies; travel and residence documentation; foreign labor; benefits for immigrants. Measures concerning smuggling and trafficking of persons may fall under Crime and Law Enforcement policy area. Measures concerning refugees may fall under International Affairs policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
California
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Connecticut
District of Columbia
California
Massachusetts
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Northern Mariana Islands
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House Votes (2)
Senate Votes (0)
Question
On Passage
Status
Passed
Type
Roll Call Vote
Roll Call Vote
A vote that records the individual position of each Member who voted. Such votes occurring on the House floor (by the "yeas and nays" or by "recorded vote") are taken by electronic device. The Senate has no electronic voting system; in such votes, Senators answer "yea" or "nay" as the clerk calls each name aloud. Each vote is compiled by clerks and receives a roll call number (referenced in Congress.gov as a "Record Vote" [Senate] or "Roll no." [House]).
Roll Call Type
Yea-And-Nay
Roll Number
503
House Roll Call Votes
Summary

Veteran Service Recognition Act of 2022

This bill addresses immigration-related issues pertaining to noncitizen (or non-U.S. national) military veterans, including by authorizing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide lawful permanent resident status to a veteran subject to removal.

If a noncitizen veteran appears to be eligible for lawful permanent resident status under this bill, that veteran must receive a reasonable opportunity to apply for such status and may not be removed until there is a final administrative decision on the veteran's eligibility.

For the purposes of providing such status under this bill, DHS may waive any applicable grounds of inadmissibility, except for certain crime- or security-related grounds.

The bill also extends certain deadlines relating to obtaining citizenship after serving in the Armed Forces.

DHS must create a system for identifying noncitizens who are or may be veterans. Before initiating removal proceedings against a noncitizen, DHS must attempt to determine whether the noncitizen is a veteran. DHS must ensure that veteran status is considered in immigration proceedings.

The bill also requires U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Defense to take certain actions to facilitate opportunities for military recruits and veterans to obtain U.S. citizenship, such as by training Judge Advocate General Corps members to act as liaisons between the Armed Forces and USCIS on servicemember citizenship applications.

The bill also establishes the Military Family Immigration Advisory Committee to provide recommendations on cases involving the removal of a servicemember, veteran, or certain family members of such an individual.

Text (4)
December 7, 2022
December 6, 2022
November 15, 2022
Amendments (2)
Displaying only amendments with a detailed public record (1)
Dec 06, 2022
Agreed to in House
1
Sponsorship
House Amendment 331
Amendment requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to promulgate regulations to implement this Act not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
Agreed To
Actions (18)
12/07/2022
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
12/06/2022
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12/06/2022
On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 220 - 208 (Roll no. 503).
12/06/2022
Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 220 - 208 (Roll no. 503).
12/06/2022
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1508, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Vicente Gonzalez amendment no. 1.
12/06/2022
DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 7946.
12/06/2022
The resolution provides consideration of H.R. 3648, under a structured rule and H.R. 7946, under a structured rule. The resolution waives the requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII for a two-thirds vote to consider a report from the Committee on Rules on the same day it is presented to the House with respect to any resolution reported through the remainder of the 117th Congress.
12/06/2022
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1508. (consideration: CR H8763-8773; text: CR H8763-8765)
12/06/2022
Rule H. Res. 1508 passed House.
12/06/2022
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 1508 Reported to House. The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 3648, under a structured rule and H.R. 7946, under a structured rule. The resolution waives the requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII for a two-thirds vote to consider a report from the Committee on Rules on the same day it is presented to the House with respect to any resolution reported through the remainder of the 117th Congress.
11/15/2022
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 400.
11/15/2022
Committee on Armed Services discharged.
11/15/2022
Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged.
11/15/2022
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 117-558, Part I.
07/27/2022
Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 23 - 16.
07/27/2022
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
06/03/2022
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
06/03/2022
Introduced in House
Public Record
Record Updated
Dec 29, 2022 10:32:31 AM