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  • Reps. Rice, Bergman Introduce GI Bill Planning Act
    Posted in Press Releases on August 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    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
    Tags: Veterans

    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

  • Rep. Rice Announces Full-Time Student Veterans Counselor for Long Island Through VA Program
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice, a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, announced today that Nassau Community College (NCC) and Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) will host a full-time student veterans counselor through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VetsSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program. Rep. Rice made the announcement at NCC’s Veterans Resource Facility, joined by NCC President Dr. Hubert Keen, local veteran leaders, officials from Nassau Co... Read more

  • House Passes Rep. Rice’s Bill to Boost Veteran Employment
    Posted in Press Releases on February 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives tonight passed H.R. 974, the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act, introduced by Rep. Kathleen Rice and co-lead sponsor Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA). The BRAVE Act authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), when awarding federal contracts, to give preference to companies that have high concentrations of full-time veteran employees, which will reward contractors that actively hire veterans and create an incentive for others to d... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Statement on Attempts to Claw Back Bonuses from Servicemembers
    Posted in Press Releases on October 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Homeland Security

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice, a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement today regarding recent reports that the California National Guard is forcing thousands of servicemembers to repay bonuses that were offered as re-enlistment incentives during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Statement from Representative Kathleen Rice: “It is outrageous that the National Guard would try to claw back bonuses and benefits that were promised a... Read more

  • House Passes Senate Companion to Rice Bill Creating Dental Insurance Program for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives voted by unanimous consent today to pass the Senate companion of H.R. 5770, legislation introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice that will authorize a dental insurance program for military veterans and eligible family members. The program will allow veterans enrolled in health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to purchase dental insurance at a reduced rate through either MetLife or Delta Dental. The legislation authorizes the... Read more

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