Veteran Suicide Bill Gets Fast Lane to House Floor

Legislation meant to help prevent suicides among veterans will likely reach the House floor next week, far sooner than lawmakers had predicted.

Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and ranking member Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), decided, along with House leadership, “that given the importance of the issue and the fact that the House just considered it in December that the bill ought to go straight to the floor,” according to a House aide Friday.

The bill, titled the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, sailed through the House near the end of the 113th Congress but was blocked in the Senate by then-Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).