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Oct 29, 2021

Tester Bill Ensuring Transparency for VA COVID-19 Relief Funds Unanimously Passes Senate

Chairman’s bipartisan VA Transparency & Trust Act now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation this week championed by Chairman Jon Tester of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to regularly report to Congress on emergency COVID-19 relief funding. This legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

The Senator’s VA Transparency & Trust Act of 2021 would direct VA to submit bi-weekly reports to Congress on how COVID-19 relief funds are allocated—providing committee leaders additional strong oversight over the Department’s spending. It would also require reviews of VA spending by the VA Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office.

“When the pandemic took hold last year, Congress worked quickly to give VA the resources it needed to deliver uninterrupted care and benefits to our veterans,” said Tester. “It’s our continued responsibility to ensure COVID-19 relief funds are spent responsibly and in a way that best serves veterans in Montana and across the country. Unanimous passage of my bipartisan bill means we’re one step closer to doing just that.”

As Chairman, Tester fought tirelessly to secure billions in the American Rescue Plan to deliver targeted relief to veterans across the country recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. This included $14.5 billion for VA to provide health care services and related support to eligible veterans, such as COVID-19 vaccine distribution, expanded mental health care, enhanced telehealth capabilities, extended support for veterans who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, and personal protective equipment and supplies for clinical employees. He also successfully delivered nearly $20 billion as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and $60 million in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to strengthen VA’s response to combatting the virus.

Text of the VA Transparency & Trust Act of 2021 can be found HERE.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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