From the Lauren Underwood for Congress campaign press release dated 10/21/20:
CONGRESSWOMAN LAUREN UNDERWOOD PASSES A FOURTH PIECE OF LEGISLATION INTO LAW
Underwood’s Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act Passed the House and Senate with Unanimous Support
ST. CHARLES, IL — Legislation authored by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood to address the national veterans’ suicide crisis was signed into law by President Trump Tuesday.
The Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act (H.R. 2372) passed both houses of Congress with unanimous support. Underwood, a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has focused on ensuring high-quality mental health and reproductive health care for veterans.
“We lose approximately twenty veterans to suicide every day in this country — that’s simply unacceptable.
“I believe we should honor our veterans by making certain they have the resources they need to live healthy, well lives when they return home. The Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act will ensure veterans receive high-quality mental health and suicide prevention services from both the VA and contracted health care providers.”Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, 10/21/20
The legislation directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess the standards of mental health care and suicide prevention services from outside heath care providers that have entered into agreements with the VA. The legislation would ensure veterans receive high-quality mental health care services even when they go outside the VA for treatment.
Prior to the Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act, Underwood passed legislation into law to make lower cost generic insulin available sooner, to prevent children from dying in federal custody along the U.S. Mexico border, and to examine the United States’ reliance on a foreign-based medical supply chain.
COMMENTARY: Even when telling the full story of a complete victory, Congresswoman Underwood’s campaign cannot resist the temptation to embellish what happened, compared with what actually happened.
H.R. 2372 timeline, according to Congress.gov with emphasis added:
- 4/25/19: Introduced in House
- 5/17/19: Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
- 5/21/19: Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
- 9/24/20: Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
- 10/7/20: Presented to President.
- 10/20/20: Signed by President
To say Underwood’s legislation passed the House “with unanimous support” is an embellishment, as it passed by a voice vote as recorded in the record. Clearly, it passed the Senate last month “by Unanimous Consent”.
But to the biggest difference, my headline of this being Underwood’s first bill to actually be signed into law, is accurate. The other three bills had components which were added to bigger bills, as has been shown in this meme from a screenshot of the Underwood campaign’s first two TV commercials:
Unlike the actions of the “Lower Insulin Costs Now” Act (which is the subject of Underwood’s 3rd TV commercial), which was not signed into law but included in the massive Appropriations Bill H.R. 1865 signed into law last December, The Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act was actually signed into law directly by the President.
If Underwood wins a 2nd term, maybe her and her campaign team will learn how to tell the truth and be completely honest when communicating accomplishments.