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House Proceeding 05-22-06 on May 22nd, 2006 :: 0:34:07 to 0:43:57
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chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the speaker

Jeff Miller

0:34:07 to 0:34:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? mr. keller: i move the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill s. 1235 as amended. the clerk: an amendment to amend

Jeff Miller

0:34:07 to 0:43:57( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

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Jeff Miller: united states code to extend the availability of $400 until million in life insurance coverage to service members and service members to make a stillborn child a dependent for purposes of the life

Jeff Miller

0:34:31 to 0:34:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: insurance program, to make technical corrections to the veterans' benefits improvement act of 2004, to make permanent a pilot program for direct housing loans for native american veterans and

Jeff Miller

0:34:43 to 0:34:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: to require an annual plan on outreach activities of the department of veterans' affairs. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentleman

Jeff Miller

0:34:54 to 0:35:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: from california, mr. mill filner, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore:

Jeff Miller

0:35:07 to 0:35:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: i rise in support of s. 1235 as amended by the veterans' housing opportunity and benefits improvement act of 2006. s. 1235 as amended, the veterans' housing

Jeff Miller

0:35:19 to 0:35:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: opportunity and benefits improvement act of 2006 reflects a compromise agreement that's been reached by the senate and house committees on veterans' affairs on the following bills. s. 1235 as amended

Jeff Miller

0:35:42 to 0:35:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: which passed the senate on september 28 of 2005. h.r. 1220 as amended which passed the house on july 13, 2005. h.r. 2046 as amended which passed the house on may 23, 2005, and h.r. 3665

Jeff Miller

0:35:54 to 0:36:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: as amended which passed the house on november 10, 2005. for the benefit of my colleagues, i ask unanimous consent to include at this point in the record a joint explanatory statement describing

Jeff Miller

0:36:04 to 0:36:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: the compromise agreement we have reached with the other body. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. miller: the provisions in this bill will directly or indirectly impact the lives of

Jeff Miller

0:36:16 to 0:36:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: service members, veterans, and their survivors. several of them fall within the jurisdiction of the subcommittee on disability assistance and memorial affairs which i chair. the other provisions

Jeff Miller

0:36:30 to 0:36:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: fall within the jurisdiction of the subcommittee on economic opportunity, which is chaired by mr. boozman. he is currently conducting a roundtable on employment in michigan so i will describe his

Jeff Miller

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Jeff Miller: subcommittee's provisions as well. in the title one of the bill we provide additional flexibility to the adapted housing grant program and the native american home loan program. these provisions

Jeff Miller

0:37:00 to 0:37:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: were originally in h.r. 3665, introduced by mr. boozman and h.r. 1773 introduced by ms. herseth. mr. speaker, some of those wounded in iraq and afghanistan return home with significant disabilities.

Jeff Miller

0:37:16 to 0:37:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: many severely disabled service members spend much of their convalescence at a family home before moving on to a home of their own. now, under current rules, v.a. cannot help adapt family homes to

Jeff Miller

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Jeff Miller: the veteran's disability unless the veteran has an ownership interest in that property. section 101 would eliminate the ownership requirement and would also provide a partial adaptive housing

Jeff Miller

0:37:40 to 0:37:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: assistance grant ranging from $2,000 to $14,000 depending on the lelving of disability to veterans temporarily in housing owned by a family member. it would also authorize up to three separate

Jeff Miller

0:37:52 to 0:38:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: specially adaptive housing grants within the current maximum amounts. section 102 of this bill would give the secretary of veterans' affairs the authority to prescribe an appropriate annual

Jeff Miller

0:38:06 to 0:38:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: rate adjustment cap for the v.a. hybrid adjustable rate mortgage program program. this brings it in line with the mortgage industry and improves their value on the secondary market. mr. speaker,

Jeff Miller

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Jeff Miller: this bill would also make permanent the pilot program for housing loans to native american veterans, extend the eligibility for native american loans to certain november-native american veterans

Jeff Miller

0:38:30 to 0:38:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: who have a meaningful interest in the property under tribal law and are the spouses of a native american and finally, adjust the maximum loan to conform to the freddie mac limits similar to

Jeff Miller

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Jeff Miller: other v.a. loans currently at $359,650. title two of the bill would transition some of the president's national hire veterans committee's duties to the assistant secretary of labor and modifies

Jeff Miller

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Jeff Miller: the title of the instant secretary's committee to the advisory committee on veterans employment and training and outreach. its membership and duties to improve employer outreach activities.

Jeff Miller

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Jeff Miller: the taxpayers made a significant investment in the work of the president's national hire veterans committee and we feel strongly that some of the duties and products of the committee should be

Jeff Miller

0:39:28 to 0:39:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: adopted by the veterans employment and training service at the department of labor. section 203 would re-authorize the homeless veterans reintegration programs for fiscal years 2007 through

Jeff Miller

0:39:42 to 0:39:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: 2009 and retain the maximum authorization of $50 million per year. mr. speaker, we recognize that homelessness among veterans continues to be a problem. while there are varying estimates about

Jeff Miller

0:39:56 to 0:40:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: the total number of homeless veterans and the causes for homelessness, there is no disagreement that a job is one of the keys to breaking the cycle of homelessness and that the homeless veterans reintegration

Jeff Miller

0:40:10 to 0:40:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: programs remains a valuable tool to assist homeless veterans in finding gainful employment. i do want to emphasize that this is an employment program managed by the veterans employment and training

Jeff Miller

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Jeff Miller: service at the department of labor, and it is not a housing program. title 3 of the bill would amend the service members civil relief act and the uniformed services employment and re-employment

Jeff Miller

0:40:41 to 0:40:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: rights act to provide additional protections to service members. section 302 and 303 originated in h.r. 2046 introduced by chairman buyer. under current law, when a member is rated totally disabled

Jeff Miller

0:40:57 to 0:41:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: at the time of separation, service members group life insurance coverage is provided for one year free of charge. section 301 of the bill would extend this coverage to two years through september

Jeff Miller

0:41:15 to 0:41:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: 30 of 2011 and 18 months as of october 1 of 2011. members then may convert to veterans group life insurance or a commercial policy. section 302 would prohibit any increase in premiums for health

Jeff Miller

0:41:29 to 0:41:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: insurance after reinstatement except for any general increase in the premiums being charged by the carrier for persons similarly covered. currently a service member who is ordered to active duty

Jeff Miller

0:41:43 to 0:41:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: and terminated, their health insurance employer-sponsored insurance coverage upon release from active duty is entitled to reinstatement of their previous health insurance coverage. section 303 closes

Jeff Miller

0:41:55 to 0:42:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: a current gap in health insurance coverage for those reservists who elect tri care coverage in advance of activation and allows them to retain reinstatement rights under their employer-sponsor

Jeff Miller

0:42:07 to 0:42:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: health plan. even if they do not eventually report to active duty. since members of the reserve exonets play such an important role in today's military, these important changes to the law

Jeff Miller

0:42:21 to 0:42:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: will protect the members and their families from loss of coverage and unwarranted cost increase. section 401 of the bill would codify a june, 2005 department of veterans' affairs regulation

Jeff Miller

0:42:41 to 0:42:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: to add heart disease and ensuing complications and -- to the list of diseases presumed service-related to prisoners that were interned for at least 30 days. section 402 would revise and consolidate

Jeff Miller

0:42:53 to 0:43:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: v.a. outreach activities to a new chapter of title 38. united states code to ensure that service members, veterans and their survivors are aware of the benefits and services which they may

Jeff Miller

0:43:07 to 0:43:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: be entitled. this section would further require v.a. to prepare a biennial outreach plan as well as report to congress every two years on the execution of that plan. i held a committee

Jeff Miller

0:43:22 to 0:43:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: hearing on mau mar 16 of this year and i was disappointed to learn that v.a. was no longer feeling or filing an annual outreach report as mandated by law. it's our interpretation that by creating

Jeff Miller

0:43:36 to 0:43:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: this chapter v.a. will put more of an emphasis on its outreach activities. mr. speaker, at this time i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the

Jeff Miller

0:43:45 to 0:43:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized, mr. filner. mr. filner: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman

John T. Salazar

0:43:57 to 0:44:08( Edit History Discussion )

John T. Salazar: is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of senate bill 1235 as amended, the veterans housing opportunity and benefits improvement act of 2006. this bipartisan

John T. Salazar

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Speech By: John T. Salazar

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