Rep. Kim, Jeffries Bill to Expand Access to VA Resources Passes House
Washington, DC – Today the House passed the Veterans and Family Information Act (H.R. 2093), a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Young Kim (CA-39) and Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), to expand access to resources at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The Veterans and Family Information Act helps veterans and caretakers understand resources available to them by making all VA fact sheets available in the ten most commonly spoken languages other than English.
Rep. Kim spoke on the House floor in support of the bill. You can read her remarks as prepared below and watch HERE.
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
Thank you, Ranking Member Bost, for yielding. Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 2093- the Veterans and Family Information Act— legislation I introduced with my colleague, Representative Jeffries.
This bipartisan bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to make versions of all fact sheets available in the ten most commonly spoken languages other than English in the United States, including Spanish, Chinese, Tagalong and Korean.
My district is home to more than 27,000 veterans from diverse backgrounds who faithfully served in the U.S. military. With an increasingly diverse population of veterans across the country, and with United States Veterans residing in the Philippines and in Puerto Rico, this bill ensures that our veterans and their caretakers whose first languages are not English are aware of and understand the VA’s benefits. I thank Representative Jeffries for working with me to improve language accessibility at the VA.
I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support H.R. 2093. With that, I yield back the balance of my time.