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Congress moves to expedite veteran disability benefit appeals

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Congress has passed the "Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017." It creates a new process for veteran disability appeals.

A glance at votes on Capitol Hill for the week of 5/22/17-5/26/17:

On the resolution to reform the rights and appeals process for benefit claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs, to expedite and shorten the backlog of veteran disability claims awaiting a decision:

House passed 418 to 0

On a resolution to amend federal law to include state violent crimes as grounds for enhanced penalties when sex offenders fail to register or report as required by federal law, and to include prior military offenses for purposes of sentencing provisions protecting against recidivism:

House passed 371 to 30

Tennessee

Yes Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

On the resolution to expand the scope of certain definitions of unlawful sexual contact, beefing up protections for victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse:

House passed 372 to 30

Tennessee

Yes Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

On nomination of Terry Branstad of Iowa as Ambassador to China:

Senate confirmed 82 to 13

Tennessee

No vote Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN

Yes Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN

Virginia

Yes Sen. Timothy Kaine, D-VA

Yes Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA

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