Senate Bill 1031
117th Congress(2021-2022)
A bill to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on disparities associated with race and ethnicity with respect to certain benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Active
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Passed Senate on Aug 6, 2021
Overview
Text
Introduced
Mar 25, 2021
Latest Action
Aug 10, 2021
Origin Chamber
Senate
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
1031
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
Georgia
Connecticut
New Jersey
New Mexico
Washington
Passed
August 6, 2021
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings. If no Senator objects, the Senate permits the action, but if any one senator objects, the request is rejected. Unanimous consent requests with only immediate effects are routinely granted, but ones affecting the floor schedule, the conditions of considering a bill or other business, or the rights of other senators, are normally not offered, or a floor leader will object to it, until all senators concerned have had an opportunity to inform the leaders that they find it acceptable.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text: CR S5990)
Summary

This bill requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study to assess whether there are disparities associated with race and ethnicity with respect to (1) compensation benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), (2) disability ratings determined by the VA, and (3) the rejection of fully developed claims for VA benefits. The GAO must also develop recommendations to facilitate better data collection on such disparities associated with race and ethnicity.

Within one year, the GAO must brief Congress on the initial results of the study. The GAO must also submit a final report on the study following the briefing.

Text (2)
August 6, 2021
March 25, 2021
Actions (11)
08/10/2021
Held at the desk.
08/10/2021
Received in the House.
08/09/2021
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
08/06/2021
Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR S5990)
08/06/2021
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text: CR S5990)
08/06/2021
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S5990)
08/06/2021
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S5990)
05/26/2021
Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
04/28/2021
Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
03/25/2021
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
03/25/2021
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Record Created
Mar 26, 2021 7:53:14 AM
Record Updated
Sep 27, 2021 4:08:35 PM