Faso Applauds Passage of Veterans Legislation

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Washington, D.C., July 25, 2017 | comments
“Last night I was proud to support two pieces of essential legislation introduced by my New York colleagues, Rep. Elise Stefanik and Rep. Claudia Tenney, that will improve the lives of our nation’s servicemen and women. The Military Residency Choice Act, introduced by Rep. Stefanik, is commonsense legislation that enables spouses of active military men and women to use the address of their military spouse – something that is important for reasons of voting and taxation, and will ease the burden of frequent relocation that military families must deal with,” Faso said. “The Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act, offered by Rep. Tenney, turns a spotlight on senior officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify those who may have acted nefariously in terms of bonus pay.”
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Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) applauded the passage of two critical pieces of legislation that he cosponsored affecting current and former members of the military, the Military Residency Choice Act, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act.

“Last night I was proud to support two pieces of essential legislation introduced by my New York colleagues, Rep. Elise Stefanik and Rep. Claudia Tenney, that will improve the lives of our nation’s servicemen and women. The Military Residency Choice Act, introduced by Rep. Stefanik, is commonsense legislation that enables spouses of active military men and women to use the address of their military spouse – something that is important for reasons of voting and taxation, and will ease the burden of frequent relocation that military families must deal with,” Faso said. “The Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act, offered by Rep. Tenney, turns a spotlight on senior officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify those who may have acted nefariously in terms of bonus pay.”

H.R. 282 - Military Residency Choice Act (Sponsored by Rep. Elise Stefanik / Veterans Affairs Committee) **Representative Faso is a cosponsor

  • Under current law, active duty service members are allowed to maintain one state of legal residence for tax and voting purposes, even when service members receive military orders requiring them to relocate. Under this law, spouses are only granted the same benefit if the service member and spouse have established the same tax residence at the time of their marriage.
  • H.R. 282 amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to permit the spouse of a service member to elect to use the same residence as the service member for purposes of taxation and voting, regardless of the date on which the marriage of the spouse and the service member occurred.

For full text of the legislation, click here.

H.R. 1690 - Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Claudia Tenney / Veterans Affairs Committee) **Representative Faso is a cosponsor

  • Recent reports have uncovered that despite controversies and institutional failures at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, $177 million in bonuses were doled out in 2015, and $3.3 million went to 300 senior executives at the agency.
  • Aimed at increasing oversight and maximizing transparency, H.R. 1690 would require that the VA submit a report to Congress at the end of each fiscal year listing bonuses awarded to senior-level staff, including: VA Regional Office (VARO) directors, VA hospital directors, and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN). 
For full text of the legislation, click here.
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