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105th CONGRESS 2d Session H. RES. 592 Providing for the concurrence by the House with amendments in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4110. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 10, 1998 Mr. Stump submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Providing for the concurrence by the House with amendments in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4110. Resolved, That upon the adoption of this resolution the House shall be considered to have taken from the Speaker's table the bill H.R. 4110, with the amendment of the Senate thereto, and to have concurred in the amendment of the Senate with the following amendments: (1) Amend the title so as to read: ``An Act to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve benefits and services provided to Persian Gulf War veterans, to provide a cost-of- living adjustment in rates of compensation paid to veterans with service-connected disabilities, to enhance programs providing health care, compensation, education, insurance, and other benefits for veterans, and for other purposes. (2) In lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted by the amendment of the Senate, insert the following: SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Veterans Programs Enhancement Act of 1998''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. References to title 38, United States code. TITLE I--PROVISIONS RELATING TO VETERANS OF PERSIAN GULF WAR AND FUTURE CONFLICTS Sec. 101. Agreement with National Academy of Sciences regarding evaluation of health consequences of service in Southwest Asia during the Persian Gulf War. Sec. 102. Health care for veterans of Persian Gulf War and future conflicts. Sec. 103. National center on war-related illnesses and post-deployment health issues. Sec. 104. Coordination of activities. Sec. 105. Improving effectiveness of care of Persian Gulf War veterans. Sec. 106. Contract for independent recommendations on research and for development of curriculum on care of Persian Gulf War veterans. Sec. 107. Extension and improvement of evaluation of health status of spouses and children of Persian Gulf War veterans. TITLE II--EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT Subtitle A--Education Matters Sec. 201. Calculation of reporting fee based on total veteran enrollment during a calendar year. Sec. 202. Election of advance payment of work-study allowance. Sec. 203. Alternative to twelve semester hour equivalency requirement. Sec. 204. Medical evidence for flight training requirements. Sec. 205. Waiver of wage increase and minimum payment rate requirements for government job training program approval. Sec. 206. Expansion of education outreach services. Sec. 207. Information on minimum requirements for education benefits for members of the Armed Forces discharged early from duty for the convenience of the Government. Subtitle B--Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Amendments Sec. 211. Enforcement of rights with respect to a State as an employer. Sec. 212. Protection of extraterritorial employment and reemployment rights of members of the uniformed services. Sec. 213. Complaints relating to reemployment of members of the uniformed services in Federal service. TITLE III--COMPENSATION, PENSION, AND INSURANCE Sec. 301. Medal of Honor special pension. Sec. 302. Accelerated death benefit for Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance and Veterans' Group Life Insurance participants. Sec. 303. Assessment of effectiveness of insurance and survivor benefits programs for survivors of veterans with service-connected disabilities. Sec. 304. National Service Life Insurance program. TITLE IV--MEMORIAL AFFAIRS Sec. 401. Commemoration of individuals whose remains are unavailable for interment. Sec. 402. Merchant mariner burial and cemetery benefits. Sec. 403. Redesignation of National Cemetery System and establishment of Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. Sec. 404. State cemetery grants program. TITLE V--COURT OF VETERANS APPEALS Subtitle A--Administrative Provisions Relating to the Court Sec. 501. Continuation in office of judges pending confirmation for second term. Sec. 502. Exemption of retirement fund from sequestration orders. Sec. 503. Adjustments for survivor annuities. Sec. 504. Reports on retirement program modifications. Subtitle B--Renaming of Court Sec. 511. Renaming of the Court of Veterans Appeals. Sec. 512. Conforming amendments. Sec. 513. Effective date. TITLE VI--HOUSING Sec. 601. Loan guarantee for multifamily transitional housing for homeless veterans. Sec. 602. Veterans housing benefit program fund account consolidation. Sec. 603. Extension of eligibility of members of Selected Reserve for veterans housing loans. Sec. 604. Applicability of procurement law to certain contracts of department of veterans affairs. TITLE VII--CONSTRUCTION AND FACILITIES MATTERS Sec. 701. Authorization of major medical facility projects. Sec. 702. Authorization of major medical facility leases. Sec. 703. Authorization of appropriations. Sec. 704. Increase in threshold for major medical facility leases for purposes of congressional authorization. Sec. 705. Threshold for treatment of parking facility project as a major medical facility project. Sec. 706. Parking fees. Sec. 707. Master plan regarding use of Department of Veterans Affairs lands at West Los Angeles Medical Center, California. Sec. 708. Designation of Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Aspinwall, Pennsylvania. Sec. 709. Designation of Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville, Florida. Sec. 710. Designation of Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic, Columbus, Ohio. TITLE VIII--HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE Sec. 801. Short title. Sec. 802. Scholarship program for Department of Veterans Affairs employees receiving education or training in the health professions. Sec. 803. Education debt reduction program for Veterans Health Administration health professionals. Sec. 804. Repeal of prohibition on payment of tuition loans. Sec. 805. Conforming amendments. Sec. 806. Coordination with appropriations provision. TITLE IX--MISCELLANEOUS MEDICAL CARE AND MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION PROVISIONS Sec. 901. Examinations and care associated with certain radiation treatment. Sec. 902. Extension of authority to counsel and treat veterans for sexual trauma. Sec. 903. Management of specialized treatment and rehabilitative programs. Sec. 904. Authority to use for operating expenses of Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities amounts available by reason of the limitation on pension for veterans receiving nursing home care. Sec. 905. Report on nurse locality pay. Sec. 906. Annual report on program and expenditures of Department of Veterans Affairs for domestic response to weapons of mass destruction. Sec. 907. Interim appointment of Under Secretary for Health. TITLE X--OTHER MATTERS Sec. 1001. Requirement for naming of Department property. Sec. 1002. Members of the Board of Veterans' Appeals. Sec. 1003. Flexibility in docketing and hearing of appeals by Board of Veterans' Appeals. Sec. 1004. Disabled veterans outreach program specialists. Sec. 1005. Technical amendments. TITLE XI--COMPENSATION COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT Sec. 1101. Increase in rates of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation. Sec. 1102. Publication of adjusted rates. SEC. 2. REFERENCES TO TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE. Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of title 38, United States Code. TITLE I--PROVISIONS RELATING TO VETERANS OF PERSIAN GULF WAR AND FUTURE CONFLICTS SEC. 101. AGREEMENT WITH NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES REGARDING EVALUATION OF HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF SERVICE IN SOUTHWEST ASIA DURING THE PERSIAN GULF WAR. (a) Purpose.--The purpose of this section is to provide for the National Academy of Sciences, an independent nonprofit scientific organization with appropriate expertise which is not a part of the Federal Government, to review and evaluate the available scientific evidence regarding associations between illness and service in the Persian Gulf War. (b) Agreement.--(1) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall seek to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences for the Academy to perform the activities covered by this section. The Secretary shall seek to enter into the agreement not later than two months after the date of the enactment of this Act. (2)(A) If the Secretary is unable within the time period set forth in paragraph (1) to enter into an agreement with the Academy for the purposes of this section on terms acceptable to the Secretary, the Secretary shall seek to enter into an agreement for purposes of this section with another appropriate scientific organization that is not part of the Government, operates as a not-for-profit entity, and has expertise and objectivity comparable to that of the Academy. (B) If the Secretary enters into an agreement with another organization under this paragraph, any reference in this section to the National Academy of Sciences shall be treated as a reference to such other organization. (c) Review of Scientific Evidence.--(1) Under the agreement under subsection (b), the National Academy of Sciences shall conduct a comprehensive review and evaluation of the available scientific and medical information regarding the health status of Gulf War veterans and the health consequences of exposures to risk factors during service in the Persian Gulf War. In conducting such review and evaluation, the Academy shall-- (A) identify the biological, chemical, or other toxic agents, environmental or wartime hazards, or preventive medicines or vaccines (including the agents specified in subsection (d)(1)) to which members of the Armed Forces who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War may have been exposed by reason of such service; (B) identify the illnesses associated with the agents, hazards, or medicines or vaccines identified under subparagraph (A); and (C) identify the illnesses (including diagnosed illnesses and undiagnosed illnesses) for which there is scientific evidence of a higher prevalence among populations of Gulf War veterans when compared with other appropriate populations of individuals. (2) In identifying illnesses under subparagraphs (B) and (C) of paragraph (1), the Academy shall review and summarize the relevant scientific evidence regarding illnesses, including symptoms, adverse reproductive health outcomes, and mortality, among the members described in paragraph (1)(A) and among other appropriate populations of individuals. (3) In conducting the review and evaluation under paragraph (1), the Academy shall, for each illness identified under subparagraph (B) or (C) of that paragraph, assess the latency period, if any, between service or exposure to any potential risk factor (including an agent, hazard, or medicine or vaccine identified under subparagraph (A) of that paragraph) and the manifestation of such illness. (d) Specified Agents.--(1) In identifying under subsection (c)(1)(A) the agents, hazards, or preventive medicines or vaccines to which members of the Armed Forces may have been exposed, the National Academy of Sciences shall consider the following: (A) The following organophosphorous pesticides: (i) Chlorpyrifos. (ii) Diazinon. (iii) Dichlorvos. (iv) Malathion. (B) The following carbamate pesticides: (i) Proxpur. (ii) Carbaryl. (iii) Methomyl. (C) The carbamate pyridostigmine bromide used as nerve agent prophylaxis. (D) The following chlorinated hydrocarbons and other pesticides and repellents: (i) Lindane. (ii) Pyrethrins. (iii) Permethrins. (iv) Rodenticides (bait). (v) Repellent (DEET). (E) The following low-level nerve agents and precursor
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