The Congressional Budget Office is also "on hold" waiting for that information from the VA, because they know that whatever the VA does to acknowledge more sailors being eligible for presumptive coverage in the harbors and river mouths under existing law, the lower the cost of our legislation will be. They are waiting on the VA also, so they won't have to do their cost analysis more than once.
So, the VA is successfully stopping the progress (Delay, Deny, until they Die!) and no one has a hammer big enough to make the VA do anything at all. We continue to maintain the support in both the House and Senate, and that will carry into this new year, 2016. My own expectation is that the Bill will pass this spring, but at this point in time, no one has the slightest idea what the VA is preparing to release in the new rulings or the requirements for evidence might contain. However, we support requests to the White House to let the VA release their new rules because we can’t object to them if we don’t know what they are. There have been a couple communications with Sloan Gibson's office regarding this, but to date nothing substantial has been said.
1 JAN 2016
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