Rep. Zeldin Secures House Passage of His Proposal to Expand Veterans Homeownership Opportunity

May 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) issued the following statement on the House floor in support of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 (H.R. 299), which included the Flexible VA Loan Guarantee Act, legislation he introduced to expand veteran homeownership opportunities, ahead of its unanimous House passage:

“This is the second time that the House has taken action to pass this legislation. It is incredibly important for the Senate to do their part to help make this actually become law. I’m looking forward to that bill signing, and it is decades overdue.

“I rise today in support of H.R. 299, called the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, of which I am a proud cosponsor. This bill expands treatment coverage for those affected by Agent Orange from not only those who served on the ground, but to those service members, who are known as Blue Water Navy Vets, who were affected while serving our nation at sea.

“I live in a county called Suffolk in the State of New York. We have the largest veterans population of any county in the entire state. Thousands of Vietnam veterans and their families would now be able to receive the benefits they have earned. These brave service members have put their lives on the line for our great nation, and they have earned nothing less than the highest quality care.

“Additionally, this legislation includes my bill, the Flexible VA Loan Guarantee Act, which expands veterans opportunity for homeownership, by eliminating the loan limit the VA can guarantee. This is especially critical in districts like mine.

“I thank Chairman Takano and Ranking Member Roe for bringing this bill to the floor, and I urge all of my colleagues in this chamber to vote for it, but as I mentioned this is the second time this legislation is passing the House and it’s incredibly important that all those in the Capitol on the other side in the Senate do the same. I urge them to immediately take up the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act and care for all of our nation’s servicemembers.”

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act along with the Flexible VA Loan Guarantee Act passed the House unanimously last year as well.