Ted S. Yoho (Republican – Florida) introduced an amendment to title 38, U.S. Code, to allow veterans to grant certain designated congressional employees access to their records that are stored within the Veterans Benefits Administration databases, and for other purposes.

BILL STATUS

The bill was introduced on February 3, 2017 and referred to the House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. The bill was passed in the House of Representatives by a voice vote of 2/3 majority.

BILL SUMMARY

This act is also cited as the “Working to Integrate Networks Guaranteeing Member Access Now Act.”

The act amends title 38 of the US cote so that each veteran who submits a claim for benefits has the opportunity to allow a congressional employee employed within the district where the veteran resides to access all of their records within the Veterans Benefits Administration databases.

The access will be read-only.

No more than two employees can be designated for access to the records.

The money made available to carry out these tasks may not be used to develop or administer training to congressional employees.

No additional funds are authorized to carry out these amendments. These tasks must be carried out utilizing the funds already appropriated for section 5906 of title 38, United States Code.

COSPONSORS

There are 119 Republican and 51 Democratic cosponsors for the bill, which are detailed here.

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