May 18, 2016

H.R. 1769, Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2016 veterans Protection Act

​H.R. 1769 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a national center to conduct research on health conditions affecting descendants of veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their service in the armed forces. The bill also would create an advisory board to oversee and provide support to the center. CBO estimates that implementing those provisions would cost $74 million over the 2017-2021 period, subject to appropriation of the necessary amounts. Another provision would require the Department of Defense (DoD) to review a potentially large number of records, with the goal of declassifying material related to the exposure of service members to toxic substances. CBO cannot provide an estimate of the cost of implementing that provision.