Special to the News-Times
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Morgan Luttrell, R-Texas, on Thursday introduced his first bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Anti-Foreign Adversary Collaboration Resolution, which would prohibit Members of Congress from serving on boards affiliated with our foreign adversaries, such as China, Russia, North Korea and Iran.
“China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran pose the greatest threats facing the United States’ national security,” Luttrell said. “If we continue to turn a blind eye to the nefarious actions our foreign adversaries, it will be devastating for our country.”
He said this legislation emphasizes the importance of a long-term focus on countering, curbing, and outcompeting foreign adversaries across the globe.
RSC Chairman Kevin Hern said America’s adversaries are using every tool at their disposal to undermine American authority on the world stage.
“Their influence reaches from academia to pop culture to corporate board rooms and social media,” he said. “We cannot allow nations who wish us harm to exert undue influence on our government, which is why I’m proud to join Morgan on this important bill. Members of Congress must be completely free and independent of any influence from America’s enemies.”
The Anti-Foreign Adversary Collaboration Resolution would prohibit members, officers, and employees of the House from serving on the board of directors of any entity which receives funding from, or is affiliated with, or owned, or controlled by China, Russia, North Korea, Iran or Cuba.
Following that, Luttrell introduced the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act and Veterans Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act of 2023. DAMA Ranking Member Rep. Chris Pappas, D-New Hampshire, co-led the introduction of the two pieces of legislation.
“We have an obligation to support the veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country,” Luttrell said. “The legislation I introduced today will make certain our veterans receive the highest quality care and support by ensuring they can access the benefits they deserve and are able to meet their financial needs, especially in these challenging times. I look forward to continuing to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve the lives of veterans and their families.”
The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2023 would increase the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities, as well as the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain veterans as of Dec. 1, 2023. The increase in VA benefits would equal the cost-of-living increase provided for certain Social Security benefits.
The Veterans Benefits Improvement Act would make improvements to the requirement that the Secretary publish disability benefit questionnaire forms on the VA’s website for use by a veteran’s private provider. It also includes a report on improving access to travel reimbursement pay for veterans living abroad who must attend a disability exam. Additionally, this bill would improve communication regarding the scheduling of disability exams between contractors, veterans, and the veteran’s accredited representative.