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Hearing: United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
Hearing: United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
Published: 2016/05/25
Channel: Baligh Yehia
Senator Isakson Remarks on Senate Committee on Veterans
Senator Isakson Remarks on Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Accomplishments for Veterans
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Coats testifies before Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
Coats testifies before Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
Published: 2013/10/30
Channel: SenatorCoats
Q&A with Secretary Gibson at the Senate Committee on Veterans
Q&A with Secretary Gibson at the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Hearing
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: SenatorRichardBurr
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing - June 7, 2017
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: Senator Dan Sullivan
Sen. Burr testifies on Veterans Choice Improvement Act before Senate Veterans
Sen. Burr testifies on Veterans Choice Improvement Act before Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
Published: 2016/03/15
Channel: SenatorRichardBurr
Senator Isakson questions Secretary Shulkin at VA committee hearing on VA Choice Program
Senator Isakson questions Secretary Shulkin at VA committee hearing on VA Choice Program
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Senate Committee on Veterans
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs - Field Hearing - Atlanta, GA 08-07-2013 PART2
Published: 2013/09/03
Channel: SenateVeterans
Senator Isakson Questions VA Nominees
Senator Isakson Questions VA Nominees
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Wyden Testifies at Senate Veterans
Wyden Testifies at Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing on Pension Poachers
Published: 2012/06/27
Channel: Ron Wyden
Senator Hirono Speaks on Legislation at Senate Veterans
Senator Hirono Speaks on Legislation at Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: Mazie Hirono
Sen. Moran and U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans
Sen. Moran and U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Host "Vetrepreneur" Roundtable
Published: 2013/04/18
Channel: Jerry Moran
INHOFE TESTIFIES BEFORE THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
INHOFE TESTIFIES BEFORE THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
Published: 2016/06/29
Channel: Senator Jim Inhofe
Senator Burr During Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing on May 09, 2013
Senator Burr During Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing on May 09, 2013
Published: 2013/05/10
Channel: SenatorRichardBurr
FOX News: Isakson on Senate Veterans
FOX News: Isakson on Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Work & Veterans Day
Published: 2015/11/11
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Rep. Coffman Speaks at a Senate Veterans
Rep. Coffman Speaks at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing
Published: 2015/05/20
Channel: CongressmanCoffman
Sen.  Johnny Isakson a member of the  Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
Sen. Johnny Isakson a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
Published: 2014/05/16
Channel: Newsmax TV
ICYMI: Heller Speaks at Senate Veterans
ICYMI: Heller Speaks at Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing
Published: 2014/05/15
Channel: SenDeanHeller
June 29, 2016: Sen. Cotton testifies before Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
June 29, 2016: Sen. Cotton testifies before Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
Published: 2016/06/29
Channel: Senator Tom Cotton
Joseph Violante Testimony, Senate Veterans
Joseph Violante Testimony, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, 3-13-13
Published: 2013/03/14
Channel: Disabled American Veterans
Jerry Ensminger Testifies Before Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
Jerry Ensminger Testifies Before Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: Senator Thom Tillis
Members of Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Press Conference
Members of Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Press Conference
Published: 2016/04/29
Channel: Senator Thom Tillis
Making the VA accountable to our veterans
Making the VA accountable to our veterans
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: SenatorIsakson
California State Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
California State Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
Published: 2016/05/12
Channel: Sean Stephens
Isakson Discusses VA Accountability on Senate Floor
Isakson Discusses VA Accountability on Senate Floor
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Senator Isakson
Senator Isakson's Opening Remarks as Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee
Published: 2015/01/21
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Sen. Ernst Discusses VETS Act Before Senate VA Committee
Sen. Ernst Discusses VETS Act Before Senate VA Committee
Published: 2015/11/18
Channel: Senator Joni Ernst
Joseph Violante Testimony, Senate Veterans
Joseph Violante Testimony, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, 3-13-13
Published: 2013/03/14
Channel: Disabled American Veterans
Filipino Veterans Promise Act Heard in Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
Filipino Veterans Promise Act Heard in Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
Published: 2013/06/12
Channel: Colleen Hanabusa
Kate Morgan - Testimony to Senate Veterans Committee  3-10-2016
Kate Morgan - Testimony to Senate Veterans Committee 3-10-2016
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: Jambox Band
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee - September 16, 2015
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee - September 16, 2015
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: Senator Dan Sullivan
Senator Isakson Chairs VA Committee Hearing on Veteran Homelessness
Senator Isakson Chairs VA Committee Hearing on Veteran Homelessness
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Veterans
Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing on Homeless Veterans
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: Senator Thom Tillis
Senator Gillibrand Testifies In Front of Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
Senator Gillibrand Testifies In Front of Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
Published: 2015/09/29
Channel: Kirsten E. Gillibrand
Rep. Coffman at The House and Senate Veterans
Rep. Coffman at The House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Conference Committee Meeting
Published: 2014/06/24
Channel: CongressmanCoffman
Sen. Moran Discusses Toxic Exposure Research Act at Senate Veterans
Sen. Moran Discusses Toxic Exposure Research Act at Senate Veterans' Affairs Hearing
Published: 2015/06/24
Channel: Jerry Moran
Senate Veterans
Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hears Hirono Bill to Protect Nursing Home Care
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Mazie Hirono
ICYMI: Heller Questions Shinskeki at Senate Hearing
ICYMI: Heller Questions Shinskeki at Senate Hearing
Published: 2014/05/15
Channel: SenDeanHeller
Senate Committee on Veterans
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs - Field Hearing - Atlanta, GA 08-07-2013 PART1
Published: 2013/09/03
Channel: SenateVeterans
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing - November 17, 2015
Published: 2015/11/17
Channel: Senator Dan Sullivan
Senator Johnson testifying at VA Committee hearing.
Senator Johnson testifying at VA Committee hearing.
Published: 2015/06/24
Channel: SenatorRonJohnson
Senate Veterans Affairs Informational Hearing
Senate Veterans Affairs Informational Hearing
Published: 2014/03/02
Channel: California Senate Democrats
Chairman of the US Senate Committee of Veterans Affairs on Medical Cannabis and PTSD
Chairman of the US Senate Committee of Veterans Affairs on Medical Cannabis and PTSD
Published: 2016/01/08
Channel: Peachtree NORML
Sen. Moran Discusses GAO Investigations at Senate Veterans
Sen. Moran Discusses GAO Investigations at Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing
Published: 2015/10/29
Channel: Jerry Moran
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing - June 29, 2016
Published: 2016/06/29
Channel: Senator Dan Sullivan
2/20/14 Senate Veterans
2/20/14 Senate Veterans' Affairs & Health Committee SB739 Hearing Part 4
Published: 2014/02/21
Channel: Progress Missouri (Channel Two)
Senator Burr
Senator Burr's Opening Remarks at VA Committee's FY 2013 Budget Hearing
Published: 2012/02/29
Channel: SenatorRichardBurr
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Hearing - March 2, 2016
Published: 2016/03/02
Channel: Senator Dan Sullivan
Heller Probes VA Over Veterans’ Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
Heller Probes VA Over Veterans’ Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
Published: 2015/09/29
Channel: SenDeanHeller
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing - June 21, 2016
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: Senator Dan Sullivan
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The United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs deals with oversight of United States veterans issues.

Description[edit]

It was created in 1970 to transfer responsibilities for veterans from the Finance and Labor committees to a single panel. From 1947 to 1970, matters relating to veterans compensation and veterans generally were referred to the Committee on Finance, while matters relating to the vocational rehabilitation, education, medical care, civil relief, and civilian readjustment of veterans were referred to the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare.[1]

Congressional legislation affecting veterans changed over the years. For the members of the armed forces and their families in the nation's early wars – the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War – the response of the federal government had been essentially financial. This was clearly the legislative mission of the Senate Committee on Pensions which was created as one of the Senate's original standing committees in 1816 and continued until its termination in the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946.[1]

During World War I the nature of the congressional response to veterans' needs changed towards a more diversified set of programs. A war risk insurance program, which was referred to the Senate Finance Committee, changed the consideration of veterans benefits in the Senate. The Finance Committee was the Senate standing committee most responsible for veterans programs from 1917 to 1946. After World War II, the Finance Committee handled the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, the GI Bill of Rights, which extended to servicemen and their families, a number of benefits including unemployment assistance, education, vocational training, housing and business loan guarantees, as well as the traditional medical and pension benefits of previous times. Many experts believe this law was one of the most important elements in the expansion of the middle class following World War II.[1]

The Veterans Affairs Committee had nine members in its initial congress, the 92nd Congress (1971–73). It now has a total of 15 members.[1]

Members, 115th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

According to committee members' official online biographies, three of the fourteen members are veterans: Richard Blumenthal, Dan Sullivan and Johnny Isakson.

Previous Congresses[edit]

Members, 110th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Members, 111th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Source: 2009 Congressional Record, Vol. 155, Page S5168 and 2010 Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Page S970

Members, 112th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Source: 2011 Congressional Record, Vol. 157, Page S557

Members, 113th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Source: 2013 Congressional Record, Vol. 159, Page S296 to 297

Members, 114th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Source: 2013 Congressional Record, Vol. 159, Page S296 to 297

Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, 1971–present[edit]

Name Party State Years
Vance Hartke Democratic Indiana 1971–1977
Alan Cranston Democratic California 1977–1981
Alan K. Simpson Republican Wyoming 1981–1985
Frank Murkowski Republican Alaska 1985–1987
Alan Cranston Democratic California 1987–1993
Jay Rockefeller Democratic West Virginia 1993–1995
Alan K. Simpson Republican Wyoming 1995–1997
Arlen Specter Republican Pennsylvania 1997–2001
Jay Rockefeller Democratic West Virginia 2001–2003
Arlen Specter Republican Pennsylvania 2003–2005
Larry Craig Republican Idaho 2005–2007
Daniel Akaka Democratic Hawaii 2007–2011
Patty Murray Democratic Washington 2011–2013
Bernie Sanders Independent Vermont 2013–2015
Johnny Isakson Republican Georgia 2015–present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "About | United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs". United States Senate. Retrieved 2017-04-07.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Bernie Sanders is an Independent, but caucuses with Democrats on the committee.
  3. ^ "U.S. Senate: Committee on Veterans' Affairs". www.senate.gov. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Independent Bernie Sanders but caucused with Democrats on the committee.

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