Biden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans
Written by Cynthia Singleton on December 21, 2021
President Biden on Tuesday signed four bipartisan bills that are aimed at helping veterans and military families by addressing disparities in benefits, creating recruiting programs, reducing education costs for surviving families and by addressing the maternal health crisis among veterans.
“We have many obligations but we only have one truly sacred obligation, mind you, and that is prepare those we send into harms way, care for their families when they’re gone and care for them and their families when they’re home. That’s a lifetime commitment, a lifetime commitment the nation owes to every one of our veterans,” Biden said at the White House.
The president remarked that the full room of senators and House members that joined him for the bill signings made it seem there was a quorum present and that he missed having quorums from his time as a senator. Vice President Harris and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough also attended.
A bill spearheaded by Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) will require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study to assess whether there are disparities associated with race and ethnicity in the veteran benefits system.