WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Elaine Luria’s (D-VA) bipartisan Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2022 overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday for the fourth straight year. The COLA Act of 2022 increases compensation and benefits for disabled veterans and their families.
In May, Rep. Luria introduced the Veterans’ COLA Act of 2022 with Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) to increase compensation rates for certain Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, including dependency and indemnity benefits paid to survivors and families of service members who died in the line of duty or suffer from a service-related injury or disease.
“For the past four years, I have been proud to introduce and pass the bipartisan cost of living adjustments to increase compensation and benefits for our disabled veterans and military families,” Rep. Luria said. “With the global supply chain crisis continuing to impact Americans, disabled veterans, and military families, the COLA Act of 2022 will ensure that the needs of our disabled veterans are being met. The passage of this bipartisan legislation for our veterans is proof of the good that can come from both sides of the aisle working together, and I look forward to the COLA Act of 2022 becoming law.”
On Tuesday, Rep. Luria spoke on the House floor in support of her legislation.
In 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the Senate companion to Rep. Luria’s Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2021, providing a 5.9 percent increase in compensation for veterans—the largest raise since 1982. Both the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2019 and 2020 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support before becoming law.