Steube Bipartisan Bills Discussed at House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, DC. – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) yesterday released the following statement after H.R. 3788, the VA Child Care Protection Act, and H.R. 8144, the VA Mental Health Staffing Improvement Act, were discussed during the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing.
“After serving our nation, America’s heroes deserve top-notch care for themselves and their families,” Steube said. “These bipartisan pieces of legislation will not only provide extra resources for an underserved aspect of VA health care, but will also protect their children from predators in child care facilities.”
Steube was an original cosponsor of H.R. 3788, legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Andy Barr (R-Ky.). If enacted, this legislation would protect children of veterans by prohibiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from employing any individual in a child care center who has been charged with a sex crime, crime involving a child, a violent crime, or a drug felony.
Steube was also an original cosponsor of H.R. 8144, legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.). If enacted, this legislation would direct the Secretary of the VA to submit a plan to Congress to address the staffing of mental health providers within the VA, including a plan for filling any open positions.
Steube is a Co-Chair of the Mental Health Caucus and served in the Global War on Terror from 2004 to 2008 as an Airborne Infantry Officer and a JAG Corps Officer. He served as the Chief of Detainee Operations for Multinational Division North in Iraq with the 25th Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2007.