On Friday afternoon, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) called on her colleagues in the House of Representatives to support the Veterans’ Independent Living Enhancement Act (H.R. 3330), bipartisan legislation she has introduced to help disabled veterans. Below is a transcript of her remarks and a link to the video.
Read Congresswoman Lujan Grisham’s remarks below, or click here to watch the video.
“Mr. Speaker, on Veterans Day, I had the honor of speaking at a veterans ceremony in Albuquerque, where I was reminded of our solemn responsibility that we have as lawmakers to do everything we can do to stand up for those who stand up for us.
“That’s why, last month, I introduced the Veterans’ Independent Living Enhancement Act, bipartisan legislation that will help disabled veterans live independently and participate in family and community life.
“Currently, only 2,700 veterans in the entire country can enroll in the VA’s highly-successful Independent Living Program each year.
“When you compare that to the 2.6 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone, it is clear that this number is far too low, preventing veterans from getting the services and support they need.
“My bill, which has both Democratic and Republican co-sponsors – along with the support of a dozen different veterans’ and health organizations – would remove this arbitrary cap so that every veteran who would benefit from the Independent Living Program can participate in it.
“Mr. Speaker, I urge the House to fulfill its responsibility to our nation’s veterans and their families and take up this commonsense, bipartisan legislation.
“I yield back.”