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Rep. Rice’s BRAVE Act Passes House with Broad Bipartisan Support

This is the second bill introduced by Rice to pass the House this month

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Washington, June 26, 2019 | comments

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 is co-lead by Representative Paul Cook (R-CA), a combat veteran who retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps.

This is the second of Rep. Rice’s bills to pass on the House floor this month. The first was H.R.542, the Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act, which would permanently authorize the New York City-based National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL). NUSTL directly supports first responders in New York City, Nassau County and in cities across the country by testing and evaluating new technologies and systems that would be used in the event of a terrorist threat, industrial accident or natural disaster. NUSTL organizes simulated scenarios with first responders to test new emergency systems, sponsors research for cutting-edge technology and works with first responders in the field to evaluate and assist with new tools. It is the only lab in this country that is focused entirely on helping first responders carry out their mission. H.R.542 passed on June 10th, 2019 by a vote of 395-3.

“I’m incredibly proud to have passed two critical pieces of legislation this month with broad bipartisan support,” said Representative Kathleen Rice. “Fighting for our nation’s veterans and securing our homeland are two of my top priorities in Congress, and these bills will help our country accomplish both. This is common sense, bipartisan legislation that will expand employment opportunities for our veterans and help maintain a vital source of support for New York City and Nassau County’s first responders. I urge the Senate to vote on and pass these two bills quickly.”


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