At the beginning of his first year in Congress, Mike was appointed to the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and currently serves as the Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. As the Chair of this Subcommittee, Mike has had the unique opportunity to have authored and passed nine bipartisan pieces of legislation to help our veterans, one of the most among Freshmen, and two of these bills have been signed into law by the President.
Mike is proud to represent Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, and the community of servicemembers, veterans, and their families here in the 49th District. Mike has been a strong advocate for improving access to the invaluable and unique resources provided by the VA and will continue to fight against privatization efforts. Mike believes that we owe it to the men, women, and their families who have the honor and courage to serve our country to guarantee the absolute best care and services.
Ensuring safe and quality housing for our veterans and their families has been one of Mike’s top priorities. Mike strongly believes that even one homeless veteran is one too many, and he’ll work tirelessly until veteran homelessness is an issue of the past. No one who sacrifices so much to serve our country should ever have to worry about having a place to live.
Over the past twelve months, Mike has:
- Served on the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health and has been serving as Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
- Successfully advocated for the $146 million in funding for Camp Pendleton, including $71.7 million for a new mess hall and warehouse, $17.7 million for an ambulatory care center and dental clinic replacement, and $38.87 million for the I Marine Expeditionary Force consolidated information center, which is located here in the 49th District.
- Successfully advocated during the appropriations process for $222 million in funding provided for veterans suicide prevention.
- Co-sponsored the Repatriate Our Patriots Act, to prevent the deportation of veterans who have honorably served in our Armed Forces.
- Although the rate of male homeless veterans has stabilized, the number of female veterans experiencing homelessness has continued to increase. Mike introduced the Housing for Women Veterans Act to ensure funding for organizations that provide housing for women veterans and their families, and it recently passed the House as part of the Deborah Sampson Act.
Mike has authored nine bipartisan bills that have passed the House to help our veterans and their families, two of which have already been signed into law by the President, including:
- Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act to expand eligibility to receive counseling from VA Vet Centers.
- Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act to maintain liquidity in the veteran home loan market. (Signed into law)
- Veterans’ Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan (VET OPP) Act to prioritize economic programs at the VA.
- H.R. 2196 to expand veterans’ access to STEM scholarship programs. (Signed into law)
- Ryan Kules Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act to improve the VA’s Specially Adapted Housing program.
- Fry Scholarship Improvement Act to expand Fry Scholarship eligibility, which passed as part of the Ryan Kules Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act.
- Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William “Bill” Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act to improve the Transition Assistance Program for servicemembers returning to civilian life.
- Housing for Women Veterans Act which passed as part of the Deborah Sampson Act, to direct a portion of VA homelessness funding to women veterans.
- Protect the GI Bill Act to strengthen protections against predatory, for-profit schools.
For the full list of Mike’s legislative accomplishments, please click here.