US HB1448 | 2021-2022 | 117th Congress


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 197-121)
Status: Passed on August 25 2021 - 100% progression
Action: 2021-08-25 - Became Public Law No: 117-37. (TXT | PDF)
Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]


Implements a program and a policy related to service dog therapy for veterans. Specifically, the bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to implement a five-year pilot program to provide canine training to eligible veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as an element of a complementary and integrative health program. Eligible veterans are those who are enrolled in the VA health care system and have been recommended for participation by a qualified mental health care provider or clinical team. The VA must seek to enter agreements containing specified elements with accredited nongovernmental entities that have demonstrated ability to provide canine training. Veterans who participate in the program are authorized to adopt the dog they assisted in training if their health provider determines it is in the best interest of the veteran. The VA must establish processes to document and track the progress of participating veterans with respect to health benefits and improvements. The Government Accountability Office must brief Congress and submit a report on the program. The bill also authorizes the VA to provide service dogs to veterans with mental illnesses, regardless of whether they have a mobility impairment.

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Rep. Steve Stivers [R-OH]Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY]Rep. Michael Waltz [R-FL]Rep. Elissa Slotkin [D-MI]
Rep. Neal Dunn [R-FL]Rep. Rebecca Sherrill [D-NJ]Rep. John Rutherford [R-FL]Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC]
Rep. Nicholas Taylor [R-TX]Rep. Nydia Velazquez [D-NY]Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick [R-PA]Rep. Greg Steube [R-FL]
Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN]Rep. Dan Crenshaw [R-TX]Rep. Bill Johnson [R-OH]Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY]
Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH]Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL]Rep. Ralph Norman [R-SC]Rep. Stephanie Murphy [D-FL]
Rep. Lee Zeldin [R-NY]Rep. Cindy Axne [D-IA]Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL]Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN]
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez [R-OH]Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA]Rep. Daniel Webster [R-FL]Rep. David McKinley [R-WV]
Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI]Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY]Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN]Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D-TX]
Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA]Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA]Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH]Rep. Steven Palazzo [R-MS]
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan [D-PA]Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD]Rep. Steve Womack [R-AR]Rep. Tom O'Halleran [D-AZ]
Rep. Nanette Barragan [D-CA]Rep. Mike Gallagher [R-WI]Rep. Jeff Van Drew [R-NJ]Rep. William Keating [D-MA]
Rep. Matt Gaetz [R-FL]Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME]Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO]Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA]
Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH]Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi [D-IL]Rep. Don Bacon [R-NE]Rep. David Trone [D-MD]
Rep. Joseph Morelle [D-NY]Rep. James Baird [R-IN]Rep. David Joyce [R-OH]Rep. John Moolenaar [R-MI]
Rep. Conor Lamb [D-PA]Rep. Raul Grijalva [D-AZ]Rep. Ken Buck [R-CO]Rep. Guy Reschenthaler [R-PA]
Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA]Rep. Greg Murphy [R-NC]Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA]Rep. Carlos Gimenez [R-FL]
Rep. Dan Bishop [R-NC]Rep. Scott Perry [R-PA]Rep. Mike Kelly [R-PA]Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA]
Rep. Gregory Pence [R-IN]Rep. Yvette Herrell [R-NM]Rep. Stephanie Bice [R-OK]Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY]
Rep. Jack Bergman [R-MI]Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE]Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA]Rep. Henry Johnson [D-GA]
Rep. Billy Long [R-MO]Rep. Nancy Mace [R-SC]Rep. Chris Stewart [R-UT]Rep. Jerry Carl [R-AL]
Rep. Joseph Neguse [D-CO]Rep. David Cawthorn [R-NC]Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks [R-IA]Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX]
Rep. Jason Smith [R-MO]Rep. Bonnie Coleman [D-NJ]Rep. Jim Banks [R-IN]Rep. Clay Higgins [R-LA]
Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY]Rep. Troy Balderson [R-OH]Rep. Carol Miller [R-WV]Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA]
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D-AZ]Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH]Rep. Garret Graves [R-LA]Rep. Greg Stanton [D-AZ]
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA]Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL]Rep. Drew Ferguson [R-GA]Rep. Doug Lamborn [R-CO]
Rep. James Hagedorn [R-MN]Rep. Mark Amodei [R-NV]Rep. David Schweikert [R-AZ]Rep. Bill Posey [R-FL]
Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO]Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH]Rep. Eric Crawford [R-AR]Rep. David Kustoff [R-TN]
Rep. Lloyd Smucker [R-PA]Rep. John Carter [R-TX]Rep. John Rose [R-TN]Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY]
Rep. Tim Walberg [R-MI]Rep. Bill Huizenga [R-MI]Rep. Chip Roy [R-TX]Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI]
Rep. John Katko [R-NY]Rep. Tom Emmer [R-MN]Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT]Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA]
Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R-FL]Rep. Tom Tiffany [R-WI]Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH]Rep. Ted Budd [R-NC]
Rep. Don Young [R-AK]Rep. Andy Biggs [R-AZ]Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX]Rep. Tim Burchett [R-TN]
Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA]Rep. Kelly Armstrong [R-ND]Rep. Jason Crow [D-CO]Rep. French Hill [R-AR]
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis [R-NY]Rep. Russ Fulcher [R-ID]Rep. Barry Moore [R-AL]Rep. Darin LaHood [R-IL]
Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX]Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL]Rep. Rick Allen [R-GA]Rep. John Curtis [R-UT]
Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA]Rep. Veronica Escobar [D-TX]Rep. James Comer [R-KY]Rep. Ron Estes [R-KS]
Rep. Debbie Lesko [R-AZ]Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX]Rep. Steve Scalise [R-LA]Rep. David Rouzer [R-NC]
Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R-MO]Rep. Bryan Steil [R-WI]Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA]Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY]
Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA]Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler [R-WA]Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA]Rep. Harold Rogers [R-KY]
Rep. Glenn Grothman [R-WI]Rep. Austin Scott [R-GA]Rep. Barry Loudermilk [R-GA]Rep. Michael Cloud [R-TX]
Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT]Rep. Tom Reed [R-NY]Rep. Earl Carter [R-GA]Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC]
Rep. Glenn Thompson [R-PA]Rep. Bruce Westerman [R-AR]Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK]Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX]
Rep. John Joyce [R-PA]Rep. Scott Franklin [R-FL]Rep. Michael Simpson [R-ID]Rep. Brian Mast [R-FL]
Rep. David Valadao [R-CA]Rep. Mike Johnson [R-LA]Rep. Garland Barr [R-KY]Rep. Scott DesJarlais [R-TN]
Rep. Jeff Duncan [R-SC]Rep. Charles Fleischmann [R-TN]Rep. Bob Gibbs [R-OH]Rep. Mark Green [R-TN]
Rep. Richard Hudson [R-NC]Rep. Trent Kelly [R-MS]Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer [R-MO]Rep. Dan Newhouse [R-WA]
Rep. Mike D. Rogers [R-AL]Rep. William Timmons [R-SC]Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH]Rep. Lisa McClain [R-MI]
Rep. Mike Garcia [R-CA]Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA]Rep. Jake Auchincloss [D-MA]Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D-IL]
Rep. Lori Trahan [D-MA]Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA]Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA]Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY]
Rep. Dan Meuser [R-PA]Rep. Tony Cardenas [D-CA]Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA]Rep. Amata Radewagen [D-AS]
Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR]Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN]Rep. Andy Harris [R-MD]Rep. Adrian Smith [R-NE]
Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA]Rep. Darren Soto [D-FL]Rep. Ashley Hinson [R-IA]Rep. Claudia Tenney [R-NY]
Rep. Warren Davidson [R-OH]Rep. Lance Gooden [R-TX]Rep. Paul Gosar [R-AZ]Rep. Liz Cheney [R-WY]
Rep. Larry Bucshon [R-IN]Rep. Joe Wilson [R-SC]Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX]Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH]
Rep. Pete Stauber [R-MN]Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA]Rep. Dean Phillips [D-MN]Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA]
Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger [D-MD]Rep. Andrew Garbarino [R-NY]Rep. Michael Guest [R-MS]Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA]
Rep. Marie Newman [D-IL]Rep. Josh Harder [D-CA]Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R-IL]Rep. Abigail Spanberger [D-VA]
Rep. Antonio Delgado [D-NY]Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC]Rep. Mondaire Jones [D-NY]Rep. Ben Cline [R-VA]
Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV]Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX]Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI]Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD]
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO]Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX]Rep. Robert Wittman [R-VA]Rep. Brett Guthrie [R-KY]
Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA]Rep. Christopher Smith [R-NJ]Rep. Mike Bost [R-IL]Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX]
Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO]Rep. Kevin Hern [R-OK]Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA]Rep. Colin Allred [D-TX]
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR]Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL]Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA]Rep. Madeleine Dean [D-PA]
Rep. Josh Gottheimer [D-NJ]Rep. James Himes [D-CT]Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR]Rep. Susan Wild [D-PA]
Rep. Angela Craig [D-MN]Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI]Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL]Rep. Lisa Rochester [D-DE]
Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL]Rep. Trey Hollingsworth [R-IN]Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL]Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY]
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D-TX]Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-AL]Rep. Alexander Mooney [R-WV]Rep. Mo Brooks [R-AL]
Rep. Cliff Bentz [R-OR]Rep. Gary Palmer [R-AL]Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX]Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK]
Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ]Rep. Ronny Jackson [R-TX]Rep. Ernest Gonzales [R-TX]Rep. Burgess Owens [R-UT]
Rep. August Pfluger [R-TX]Rep. Michelle Steel [R-CA]Rep. Randy Feenstra [R-IA]Rep. Young Kim [R-CA]
Rep. Ritchie Torres [D-NY]Rep. Deborah Ross [D-NC]Rep. Marjorie Greene [R-GA]Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI]
Rep. Blake Moore [R-UT]Rep. Peter Meijer [R-MI]Rep. Troy Nehls [R-TX]Rep. Maria Salazar [R-FL]
Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA]Rep. Rashida Tlaib [D-MI]Rep. Kathy Manning [D-NC]Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA]
Rep. Tom Malinowski [D-NJ]Rep. Haley Stevens [D-MI]Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC]Rep. Jay Obernolte [R-CA]
Rep. Jacob Laturner [R-KS]Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA]Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY]Rep. Sara Jacobs [D-CA]
Rep. Victoria Spartz [R-IN]Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK]Rep. Morgan Griffith [R-VA]Rep. Michelle Fischbach [R-MN]
Rep. Matt Rosendale [R-MT]Rep. Jim Jordan [R-OH]Rep. Elaine Luria [D-VA]Rep. Kat Cammack [R-FL]
Rep. Suzanne Lee [D-NV]Rep. Nikema Williams [D-GA]Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL]Rep. Christopher Jacobs [R-NY]
Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL]Rep. John Larson [D-CT]Rep. Tracey Mann [R-KS]Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon [R-PR]
Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL]Rep. Sean Casten [D-IL]


2021-08-25HouseBecame Public Law No: 117-37. (TXT | PDF)
2021-08-25HouseSigned by President.
2021-08-20HousePresented to President.
2021-08-09SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
2021-08-06SenatePassed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.
2021-08-06SenateSenate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S5990)
2021-05-13SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
2021-05-12HousePursuant to section 6 of H. Res. 380, and the motion offered by Mr. Hoyer, the following bills passed under suspension of the rules: H.R. 297; H.R. 433; H.R. 478; H.R. 586; H.R. 721, as amended; H.R. 768; H.R. 810; H.R. 1205; H.R. 1260, as amended; H.R. 1324; H.R. 1448, as amended; H.R. 1475, as amended; H.R. 1480, as amended; H.R. 2862, as amended; H.R. 2955; and H.R. 2981. (consideration: CR H2235-2246; text: CR H2240)
2021-05-12HousePursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 380, proceedings on H.R. 1448 are considered vacated.
2021-05-12HouseAt the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
2021-05-12HouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1448.
2021-05-12HouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H2212-2215)
2021-05-12HouseMr. Takano moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
2021-05-12HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 16.
2021-05-12HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 117-31.
2021-05-04HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
2021-05-04HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
2021-05-04HouseSubcommittee on Health Discharged.
2021-04-27HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Health.
2021-03-18HouseMotion to place bill on Consensus Calendar filed by Mr. Stivers.
2021-03-01HouseReferred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
2021-03-01HouseIntroduced in House

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SB613 (Related) 2021-06-23 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
HR380 (Related) 2021-05-12 - Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.


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