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S 1198

Title: Solid Start Act of 2021
Author: Margaret Coldwell (Wood) Hassan

Summary
Solid Start Act of 2021 This bill permanently authorizes and expands the Solid Start program, which is an outreach program for veterans in their first year of separation from the military. Specifically, the bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to coordinate with the Department of Defense to * collect updated contact information during transition classes or separation counseling for members of the Armed Forces who are separating from service; * explain the existence and purpose of the program; * call veterans three times within the first year of separation; * publish information about the program in booklets and on the VA website; * provide women veterans with information tailored to their health care and benefit needs; * provide information on access to state and local resources, such as Vet Centers; * gather and analyze data that assesses the effectiveness of the program; * ensure calls are tailored to each veteran's needs by conducting quality assurance tests; and * prioritize outreach to veterans who have accessed mental health resources prior to separation from the Armed Forces. Under the bill, the VA is authorized to (1) encourage members of the Armed Forces to provide additional contact information if they are unreachable following their separation, and (2) follow up on missed phone calls.

Status
Introduced in Senate 04/15/2021
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. 04/15/2021
Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held. 06/23/2021
Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. 07/28/2021
Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Reported by Senator Tester with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report. 08/04/2022
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 478. 08/04/2022
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote. 09/08/2022
Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote. (consideration: CR S4519; text: CR S4519) 09/08/2022
Message on Senate action sent to the House. 09/08/2022
Received in the House. 09/09/2022
Held at the desk. 09/09/2022
Senate requests return of papers with respect to S. 1198 by Unanimous Consent. 09/15/2022
UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST RETURN OF PAPERS - That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to request the House of Representatives to return to the Senate the bill (S. 1198) entitled "An Act to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve and expand the Solid State program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Agreed to without objection. 09/19/2022
Senate request return of papers 09/19/2022
Message on Senate action sent to the House. 09/19/2022
Papers returned to Senate 09/19/2022
Senate vitiated previous passage, under the order of 9/15/22. (CR S4812) 09/19/2022
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S4812) 09/19/2022
The committee substitute, under the order of 9/15/22, withdrawn by Unanimous Consent. 09/19/2022
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate, under the order of 9/15/22, with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. 09/19/2022
Passed Senate, under the order of 9/15/22, with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S4812) 09/19/2022
S.Amdt.5505 Senate amendment proposed (on the floor): Amendment SA 5505 proposed by Senator Schumer for Senator Tester. 09/19/2022
S.Amdt.5505 Senate amendment submitted 09/19/2022
S.Amdt.5505 Amendment SA 5505 proposed by Senator Schumer for Senator Tester. (consideration: CR S4812; text: CR S4812) In the nature of a substitute. 09/19/2022
S.Amdt.5505 Amendment SA 5505, under the order of 9/15/22, agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent. 09/19/2022
Message on Senate action sent to the House. 09/20/2022

Bill Documents
S 1198 - Introduced+in+Senate
04/15/2021 - S 1198 (Introduced+in+Senate)