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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
Hearing on Veterans Health Care
Hearing on Veterans Health Care
Published: 2014/05/29
Channel: Bernie Sanders
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
Disabled American Veterans (DAV): Joint Senate & House VA Committee Hearing
Disabled American Veterans (DAV): Joint Senate & House VA Committee Hearing
Published: 2017/03/06
Channel: SenatorJonTester
Coats testifies before Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
Coats testifies before Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
Published: 2013/10/30
Channel: SenatorCoats
WWP Alumnus Vincent Vanata Testified before Senate Committee on Veterans
WWP Alumnus Vincent Vanata Testified before Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Wounded Warrior Project
Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs - 03/27/17
Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs - 03/27/17
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: NYSenate
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
Veterans on Foreign Wars (VFW): Joint Senate & House VA Committee Hearing
Veterans on Foreign Wars (VFW): Joint Senate & House VA Committee Hearing
Published: 2017/03/06
Channel: SenatorJonTester
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
FOX News: Isakson on Senate Veterans
FOX News: Isakson on Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Work & Veterans Day
Published: 2015/11/11
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Joseph Violante Testimony, Senate Veterans
Joseph Violante Testimony, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, 3-13-13
Published: 2013/03/14
Channel: Disabled American Veterans
Isakson Opening Remarks at Senate VA Committee Hearing on Health Legislation
Isakson Opening Remarks at Senate VA Committee Hearing on Health Legislation
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Joseph Violante Testimony, Senate Veterans
Joseph Violante Testimony, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, 3-13-13
Published: 2013/03/14
Channel: Disabled American Veterans
California State Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
California State Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
Published: 2016/05/12
Channel: Sean Stephens
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
Senator Isakson delivers remarks at VA committee legislative hearing
Senator Isakson delivers remarks at VA committee legislative hearing
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: SenatorIsakson
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
Senator Isakson Delivers Opening Remarks at Senate VA Committee Hearing on Pending Nominees
Senator Isakson Delivers Opening Remarks at Senate VA Committee Hearing on Pending Nominees
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Mental Health and Suicide Among Veterans - Senate VA Committee Hearing
Mental Health and Suicide Among Veterans - Senate VA Committee Hearing
Published: 2014/11/19
Channel: BoozmanPressOffice
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
ICYMI: Heller Speaks at Senate Veterans
ICYMI: Heller Speaks at Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing
Published: 2014/05/15
Channel: SenDeanHeller
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 - December 15, 2015
Published: 2015/12/15
Channel: Senator Dan Sullivan
Rubio Presses Federal Officials on Disaster Aid for Panhandle & Lake Okeechobee
Rubio Presses Federal Officials on Disaster Aid for Panhandle & Lake Okeechobee
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: SenatorMarcoRubio
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing - December 2, 2015
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: Senator Dan Sullivan
Joint Hearing of the House and Senate Veterans
Joint Hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees March 1, 2017
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: Jenniffer González-Colón
Senator Isakson delivers remarks at VA committee hearing on Veterans Choice Program
Senator Isakson delivers remarks at VA committee hearing on Veterans Choice Program
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Veterans
Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing on Homeless Veterans
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: Senator Thom Tillis
Senator Blumenthal Introduces Linda Spoonster Schwartz at Committee on Veterans Affairs
Senator Blumenthal Introduces Linda Spoonster Schwartz at Committee on Veterans Affairs
Published: 2013/11/06
Channel: SenatorBlumenthal
Sen Blumenthal Presses VA Secretary to Streamline Disability Claims Appeals Process
Sen Blumenthal Presses VA Secretary to Streamline Disability Claims Appeals Process
Published: 2016/01/21
Channel: SenatorBlumenthal
Wyden Testifies at Senate Veterans
Wyden Testifies at Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing on Pension Poachers
Published: 2012/06/27
Channel: Ron Wyden
Isakson Floor Remarks on Noah Harris, Iraq
Isakson Floor Remarks on Noah Harris, Iraq
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: SenatorIsakson
Senate Veterans
Senate Veterans' Affairs Hearing - Meeting the needs of Service Members and Veterans
Published: 2011/05/25
Channel: BoozmanPressOffice
Rep. Coffman Speaks at a Senate Veterans
Rep. Coffman Speaks at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing
Published: 2015/05/20
Channel: CongressmanCoffman
Isakson Calls on Senate to Pass Funding for Troops, Veterans Ahead of Veterans Day Holiday
Isakson Calls on Senate to Pass Funding for Troops, Veterans Ahead of Veterans Day Holiday
Published: 2015/11/10
Channel: SenatorIsakson
2/20/14 Senate Veterans
2/20/14 Senate Veterans' Affairs & Health Committee SB739 Hearing Part 2
Published: 2014/02/21
Channel: Progress Missouri (Channel Two)
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
ICYMI: Heller Questions Shinskeki at Senate Hearing
ICYMI: Heller Questions Shinskeki at Senate Hearing
Published: 2014/05/15
Channel: SenDeanHeller
Senator Isakson Chairs VA Committee Hearing on Veteran Homelessness
Senator Isakson Chairs VA Committee Hearing on Veteran Homelessness
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: SenatorIsakson
VA HEALTH CARE
VA HEALTH CARE
Published: 2015/03/10
Channel: Veterans of Foreign Wars
U.S. Senate panel unanimously approves Veterans Affairs nominee
U.S. Senate panel unanimously approves Veterans Affairs nominee
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: Only News
Senate Veterans
Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Field Hearing in Atlanta: Addressing Mental Health Care (Panel 1)
Published: 2013/08/14
Channel: SenatorIsakson
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
Senate Budget Committee hearing on Trump Budget Proposal May 25 2017
Senate Budget Committee hearing on Trump Budget Proposal May 25 2017
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: tuffyjon
Senator Johnson at Veterans
Senator Johnson at Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing.
Published: 2015/03/26
Channel: SenatorRonJohnson
Senator Burr Opening Statement at June 8, 2011 Veterans
Senator Burr Opening Statement at June 8, 2011 Veterans' Affairs Hearing.mpg
Published: 2011/06/08
Channel: SenatorRichardBurr
Senator Johnson testifying at VA Committee hearing.
Senator Johnson testifying at VA Committee hearing.
Published: 2015/06/24
Channel: SenatorRonJohnson
Murray Questions VA Sec. Shinseki on Veterans Care, Disturbing Allegations
Murray Questions VA Sec. Shinseki on Veterans Care, Disturbing Allegations
Published: 2014/05/15
Channel: Senator Patty Murray
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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.

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 2017-01-08. 

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