Legislation Authorizing More Than One Automobile Grant Introduced
By PVA National Staff
In direct response to PVA’s advocacy, on February 6, Representatives Dan Meuser (R-PA) and Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) introduced H.R. 5761, the “Advancing Uniform Transportation Opportunities (AUTO) for Veterans Act,” which would allow eligible veterans to receive more than one automobile grant to purchase a vehicle.
Present law restricts veterans to one grant in their lifetime so they often bear the full cost of a replacement vehicle. As written, H.R. 5761 would authorize an eligible veteran to receive a new grant every 10 years, if they need it.
This bill’s prospects for movement in the House are favorable. The bill has bipartisan support. Also, both members serve on the House Veterans’ Affairs Economic Subcommittee (HVAC EO), which has oversight of the grant program.
Proposed auto grant legislation received much focus during a February 6 HVAC EO hearing looking at more than a dozen bills. PVA’s National Legislative Director Morgan Brown testified at the hearing and spent much of his time advocating for this legislation.
The hearing is available for viewing here: HVAC EO Hearing