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  • Rice Joins President Biden at White House as PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act is Signed into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on August 25, 2021 | Preview rr
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    WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) joined President Joe Biden at the White House as he signed the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act into law. Rice was the Democratic co-lead on the bipartisan bill introduced by former U.S. Representative Steve Stivers (OH-15). “It was a great honor to join President Biden at today’s signing ceremony for the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act,” said Rep. Rice. “By creating a pilot program on dog trainin... Read more

  • U.S. Veteran to be Reunited with Companion Dog
    Posted in Press Releases on September 3, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    QUEENS, NY – Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Peter King (NY-02), Gregory Meeks (NY-05), Lee Zeldin (NY-01), and Tom Suozzi (NY-03) today announced that Harley, a one-year old companion dog for a U.S. military veteran, has officially been granted entry in the United States and is set to be reunited with her owner, Staff Sergeant AJ Kirrish. Harley was previously set to be deported to Jordan as the result of a mistake with her paperwork when she arrived at JFK International Airport on Augus... Read more

  • Kathleen Rice, Long Island Delegation Demand Immediate CDC Intervention to Prevent Death of Veteran’s Service Dog
    Posted in Press Releases on September 1, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Peter King (NY-02), Gregory Meeks (NY-05), Lee Zeldin (NY-01), and Tom Suozzi (NY-03) sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield calling for urgent intervention to save the life of an American veteran’s service dog. The one-year old puppy, Harley, was brought to the United States from Jordan by Paws of War, a Long Island-based organization that matches rescue dogs with American vet... Read more

  • Representatives Kathleen Rice, Aumua Amata Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase VA Oversight
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Aumua Amata (American Samoa) have introduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen oversight at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act of 2020 (H.R. 5843) would provide the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) with testimonial subpoena authority. Without testimonial subpoena authority, the current ability of VA OIG to conduct complete and thorough investigations is severely limited. The bill... Read more

  • Reps. Rice, Bergman Introduce GI Bill Planning Act
    Posted in Press Releases on August 7, 2019 | Preview rr
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    WASHINGTON – Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Jack Bergman (MI-01) introduced the bipartisan H.R. 4162, GI Bill Planning Act of 2019 to save military enlistees hundreds of dollars and streamline Veterans' education benefits for the future. Today, a small and further declining number of student Veterans use the 1984 Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) to earn a degree. A 97% majority instead choose the newer, more effective Post 9/11 GI Bill. However, about 70% of military recruits still make the ... Read more

  • Reps. Rice, Pappas, and Bergman Call for Stronger Oversight of VA Purchase Card Program
    Posted in Press Releases on August 2, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – Representative Chris Pappas (NH-01), who serves as the Chair of the Oversight and Investigations (O&I) Subcommittee for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, alongside O&I Ranking member Jack Bergman (MI-01) and Committee member Kathleen Rice (NY-04), sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to express concern over the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) oversight of its government charge card program. The Members’ concerns stem from the recent repor... Read more

  • Durbin, Collins, Wenstrup, Rice Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill To Make The VA Smoke-Free
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Susan Collins (R-ME), along with U.S. Representatives Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (R-OH-02) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY-04), today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to prohibit smoking at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation would repeal an antiquated 1992 law that requires the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to furnish and maintain designated indoor or outdoor smoking areas. Supported by the VA, the bill would brin... Read more

  • Rep. Rice’s BRAVE Act Passes House with Broad Bipartisan Support
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – This week the U.S. House Representatives passed H.R. 2109, the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act. The legislation, which was introduced by Rep. Kathleen Rice, authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs when awarding VA contracts, to give preference to companies that have high concentrations of full-time veteran employees. This bill will reward contractors that actively hire veterans and create an incentive for other contractors to do the same. The BRAVE Act... Read more

  • Representatives Kathleen Rice & Brian Mast Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Revise Department of Veterans Affairs Mission Statement
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Brian Mast (FL-18) today reintroduced legislation to revise the mission statement for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be more inclusive of women veterans and surviving family members. The current VA mission statement is a quotation from President Abraham Lincoln that reads: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.” As it stands, this mission statement fails to recognize the service ... Read more

  • As the Number of Women Veterans Continues to Grow, Representative Kathleen Rice & Senator Gillibrand Announce Legislation to Revise Department of Veterans Affairs Mission Statement to be More Inclusive of Women Veterans and Surviving Family Members
    Posted in Press Releases on November 8, 2018 | Preview rr
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    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice, a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced they will introduce a new bill to revise the mission statement for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be more inclusive of women veterans and surviving family members. The current VA mission statement is a quotation from President Abraham Lincoln that reads: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.” As it... Read more