Earlier this year, Republican Rep. Thomas Rooney’s bipartisan “Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act (H.R. 4676) pass unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 411-0.It is very rare that any bill receives this kind of support for both caucus in the Congress, especially over on the Senate where it seem that Democrats and Republicans are hard-pressed to work together.
Bearing the same name,U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R) has now introduced his version of Rooney’s bill in the Senate.
According to Rubio’s press office, the legislation cracks down on “non-governmental organizations scamming veterans by charging them fees to expedite services at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), something already banned by federal law.”
Here is what both Rubio and Rooney had to say about the bill:“One of the most sickening things I’ve encountered as my office has worked with veterans seeking assistance is these scammers ripping off the men and women who serve our country and going after their VA benefits. They target veterans in assisted living facilities and those with low incomes, which is disgusting…I’ve introduced this legislation to crack down on criminals who prey on our veterans; because we should be doing everything we can to protect them and their benefits from scams.”–Senator Marco Rubio
“The state of Florida has one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the country and it is our responsibility to write laws that penalize individuals who scam veterans out of their well-deserved benefits…I’m grateful that Senator Rubio has introduced the Senate version of my bill, which passed the House 411-0 in April, to help put a stop to these financial predators and I am hopeful that we can see this bill be signed into law.”–Rep. Thomas Rooney
Will a divided U.S. Senate put aside their differences and come together like the U.S. House of Representatives to pass this important Veteran-friendly bill?