What could be the biggest, most significant bill for women veterans so far this Congress passed out of the House Tuesday and is headed to the Senate.
The Deborah Sampson Act is an omnibus bill intended to remove barriers and improve women veterans’ care and is in major part the effort of the recently-formed House Women Veterans Task Force.
Chairman Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., refused to allow amendments or debate on the Deborah Sampson bill before calling for a vote, which passed the bill to the House floor. Takano would later fire back at Republicans, accusing them of “walking out on women veterans” by refusing to vote on the bill.
Ranking member Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., said minority members did not object to the underlying bill, but because of its broad scope, tried to include amendments to, they said, protect children at VA childcare facilities and protect veterans’ Second Amendment rights if a fiduciary handles their finances.
The Deborah Sampson Act now moves on to the Senate for a vote. If it passes there, it heads to the president’s desk for final approval.