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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-H6268 on Jun 12, 2008

Signature Legislation: improving mental health care benefits for returning veterans
Source: HONOR Warriors Act (H.R.6268)
Honoring Our Nation's Obligation to Returning Warriors Act (HONOR Warriors Act): House version is H.R.6268; Senate versions are S.2963 and S.3008. Legislative Summary:
  1. To improve and enhance the mental health care benefits available to members of the Armed Forces and veterans, to enhance counseling and other benefits available to survivors of members of the Armed Forces and veterans, and for other purposes.
  2. Scholarship program for education and training of behavioral health care specialists for vet centers.
  3. Eligibility of members of the armed forces who serve in operation Iraqi freedom or operation enduring freedom for counseling and services through vets centers.
  4. Restoration of authority of vets centers to provide referral and other assistance upon request to former members of the armed forces not authorized counseling.
  5. Treatment of suicides of certain former members of the armed forces as deaths in line of duty for purposes of eligibility of survivors for certain benefits.
  6. Grants for non-profit organizations for the provision of emotional support services to survivors of members of the armed forces and veterans.
  7. Pilot programs on awareness enhancement for members of the army regarding post traumatic stress disorder.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 15. Question 15: Expand the military Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Improve mental health care benefits for returning veterans (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Improve mental health care benefits for returning veterans (Score: 1)

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 08-H6268

Timothy Bishop s2oNew York Democrat 
Barbara Boxer s2oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
G.K. Butterfield s2oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s2oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Diana DeGette s2oColorado Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s2oArizona Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s2oTexas Democrat 
Nita Lowey s2oNew York Democrat 
Claire McCaskill s2oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor 
Barack Obama s2oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Ed Perlmutter s2oColorado Democrat 
John Salazar s2oColorado Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Arlen Specter s2oPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 
Mark Udall s1iCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 



Republicans participating in 08-H6268

Kit Bond s1iMO Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Sam Brownback s2oKS Republican Governor 
Susan Collins s2oME Republican Sr Senator 
John Cornyn s2oTX Republican Sr Senator 
Pete Domenici s2oNM Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Jo Ann Emerson s2oMissouri Republican (Resigned 2013) 
Chuck Grassley s2oIA Republican Sr Senator 
Robin Hayes s2oNorth Carolina Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Randy Kuhl s2oNew York Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Lisa Murkowski s2oAK Republican Sr Senator 
Todd Platts s2oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Ted Stevens s2oAK Former Republican Sr Senator 
John Sununu s2oNew Hampshire Republican 



Independents participating in 08-H6268

Elizabeth Dole s2oNC Former Cabinet Member (Labor Sec'y) and Senator 
Joseph Lieberman s2oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 14
Republicans: 13
Independents: 2


















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