Haaland Bill To Improve Native Veterans’ Health Care Benefits Awaits President’s Signature

December 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s (NM-01) bill to improve Native veterans’ health care benefits moved to the President’s desk. Haaland delivered remarks on the House Floor in support of the Veterans Affairs Tribal Advisory Committee Act, as part of the Veterans Health Care and Benefit Improvements Act of 2020 last week.

The bill, which she led with Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08), passed the House by voice vote and now awaits the President’s signature. If signed, it will direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish an Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs to advise the VA on matters relating to Native American veterans.

VIDEO: Haaland Delivers Remarks Supporting Improving Native Veterans’ Health Care Benefits


Congresswoman Haaland’s full remarks as prepared for delivery are below:

As one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the daughter of two veterans, I am proud that my bill with Rep. Mike Gallagher, the Department of Veterans Affairs Tribal Advisory Committee Act, will be included in this package.

All veterans deserve the best care that our country can give, but there are gaps in services forNative American veterans.

The advisory committee established by this bill will ensure that we look at and remedy the specific barriers Native American veterans face, so they will have access to the same care that other veterans have.

For these reasons and many more, I am thankful for the inclusion of my bill today and look forward to seeing its implementation by President-Elect Biden.