Justice for America's Veterans

January 12, 2018


Updated withholding tables that reflect enactment of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act were released this week. As a result, the Justice Department estimated that 90% of Americans will see a boost in their take home pay when 2018 paychecks start to arrive. 

And since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed, over $1.5 billion in publicly-announced employee bonuses have been awarded, while nearly $1.7 billion in investments in the American economy have been announced over that same span. 

Here's the final "postcard" for the bill that became law at the end of last year.

Justice for America's Veterans

This week I helped pass H.R. 506, the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act, through the House Judiciary Committee. It is estimated that 16% of our veterans have been the victim of fraud. That is despicable, and it has to change. 

Financial predators have increasingly targeted veterans, particularly elderly veterans living in low-income housing, in an effort to defraud them of their veterans’ affairs benefits. Criminals offer to help veterans by claiming that they can get their benefits approved in record time, but instead they end up charging veterans exorbitant fees while providing them little or no assistance.

Although it is illegal for non-approved agents to charge fees for these "services," there is no criminal or financial penalty associated with the crime. H.R. 506, which I cosponsored last year, closes a loophole in federal law by attaching a criminal penalty for these fraudulent transactions while giving federal prosecutors tools to take legal action against those who defraud our veterans.

Finally, next Saturday, January 20, I will be holding another in my string of "Coffee with Karen" sessions, a chance for constituents to sign up and schedule 10-minute meetings with me to discuss an issue of your choice. To sign up for a slot, visit this link as quickly as possible. Please note that this event is subject to change in accordance with the House of Representatives vote schedule.

Thank you as always for taking the time to read this note. To stay current on what's going on in Congress, please follow me at Facebook.com/RepKarenHandel. And if you find this update helpful, please take a second to forward it along to a few of your friends and neighbors. 

As always, feel free to call 202-225-4501 or 770-998-0049 if you need assistance from me or anyone in my office.

Karen C. Handel
Member of Congress