Senate Passes VA Suicide Prevention Bill, Sends to Obama To Sign

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 99-0 to pass a bill (HR 203) aimed at reducing suicide among veterans, the AP/Washington Timesreports. About 22 veterans commit suicide every day, according to the AP/Times (Daly, AP/Washington Times, 2/3).

Background

The Clay Hunt Act, named for a veteran who committed suicide, passed in the House last session. However, now-retired Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blocked its passage in the Senate, saying the Department of Veterans Affairs already had resources to address the issue but was failing to use them adequately. However, the measure was re-introduced last month and passed unanimously in the House (Keslin, Wall Street Journal, 2/3).

Bill Details

The bill would:

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