114th Congress Keyvotes Senate S46-2014
Last Updated on: 08/03/17  

The Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014

Vote# S46-2014

Vote Result on 2014-02-27
YES
56 to 41

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HERITAGE ACTION POSITION: NO

Vote Description

Allegedly designed to extend and expand health care programs for veterans as well as job-assistance and education benefits, this multibillion dollar bill fails to make necessary reforms to the Veterans Affairs system that is already overburdened and flawed, harming both veterans truly in need of assistance and taxpayers in the process. The Congressional Budget Office score of the bill shows it would cost roughly $24 billion over ten years.

Heritage Action Position

The bill would greatly expand eligibility for certain veterans to receive services from the VA health care system, which is generally reserved for veterans with service-connected injuries, disabilities, and lower thresholds of income. This massive expansion of eligibility would further prevent those truly in need from receiving the care they need because the program would have to service a much larger pool of veterans. Even the VA and the Wounded Warrior Project have concerns with this bill’s expansion of certain benefits programs, especially the expansion of the caregiver provisions. As we note, “Congress cannot saddle the VA with more responsibility until it demonstrates it can handle that which it has already assumed.”


STATE NAME PARTY SCORE
UT Sen. Mike Lee R 100%
TX Sen. Ted Cruz R 94%
KY Sen. Rand Paul R 85%
ID Sen. Michael Crapo R 82%
AL Sen. Richard Shelby R 82%
ID Sen. Jim Risch R 81%
SC Sen. Tim Scott R 78%
AL Sen. Jeff Sessions R 78%
FL Sen. Marco Rubio R 73%
LA Sen. David Vitter R 68%
AZ Sen. Jeff Flake R 67%
OK Sen. James Inhofe R 66%
AR Sen. John Boozman R 64%
NE Sen. Deb Fischer R 64%
KS Sen. Jerry Moran R 63%
PA Sen. Patrick Toomey R 59%
WY Sen. Mike Enzi R 57%
NV Sen. Dean Heller R 55%
WY Sen. John Barrasso R 54%
IA Sen. Charles Grassley R 53%
IN Sen. Daniel Coats R 52%
MS Sen. Roger Wicker R 52%
GA Sen. Johnny Isakson R 51%
KS Sen. Pat Roberts R 51%
TN Sen. Bob Corker R 50%
SD Sen. John Thune R 50%
AZ Sen. John McCain R 49%
MO Sen. Roy Blunt R 47%
TX Sen. John Cornyn R 47%
WI Sen. Ron Johnson R 45%
NC Sen. Richard Burr R 40%
ND Sen. John Hoeven R 40%
KY Sen. Mitch McConnell R 40%
AK Sen. Lisa Murkowski R 35%
UT Sen. Orrin Hatch R 33%
MS Sen. Thad Cochran R 30%
SC Sen. Lindsey Graham R 30%
OH Sen. Rob Portman R 28%
TN Sen. Lamar Alexander R 26%
NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte R 25%
VT Sen. Bernard Sanders I 23%
MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren D 23%
WV Sen. Joe Manchin III D 21%
IN Sen. Joe Donnelly D 18%
MA Sen. Edward Markey D 17%
OR Sen. Jeff Merkley D 17%
NJ Sen. Cory Booker D 16%
ME Sen. Susan Collins R 16%
IL Sen. Mark Kirk R 14%
NV Sen. Harry Reid D 13%
NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D 12%
NM Sen. Martin Heinrich D 12%
MT Sen. Jon Tester D 12%
OR Sen. Ron Wyden D 12%
CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal D 9%
MD Sen. Benjamin Cardin D 9%
PA Sen. Bob Casey D 9%
ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp D 9%
NJ Sen. Robert Menendez D 9%
CT Sen. Christopher Murphy D 9%
RI Sen. Jack Reed D 9%
NY Sen. Charles Schumer D 9%
NM Sen. Tom Udall D 9%
WI Sen. Tammy Baldwin D 7%
OH Sen. Sherrod Brown D 7%
WA Sen. Maria Cantwell D 7%
DE Sen. Thomas Carper D 7%
MN Sen. Al Franken D 7%
HI Sen. Mazie Hirono D 7%
ME Sen. Angus King I 7%
VT Sen. Patrick Leahy D 7%
WA Sen. Patty Murray D 7%
VA Sen. Mark Warner D 7%
RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse D 7%
CO Sen. Michael Bennet D 5%
CA Sen. Barbara Boxer D 5%
IL Sen. Richard Durbin D 5%
MN Sen. Amy Klobuchar D 5%
MO Sen. Claire McCaskill D 5%
MD Sen. Barbara Mikulski D 5%
HI Sen. Brian Schatz D 5%
MI Sen. Debbie Stabenow D 5%
DE Sen. Christopher Coons D 2%
CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein D 2%
VA Sen. Tim Kaine D 2%
FL Sen. Bill Nelson D 2%
NH Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D 2%
AK Sen. Mark Begich D 0%
MT Sen. John Walsh D 0%
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