Today, veterans must provide evidence that this abuse took place in order to claim disability benefits, which can be a problem because so many abuse cases are unreported. Under the Democratic bill, a statement from veterans claiming they were abused would serve as sufficient evidence.
After that, the House will focus on the military construction/VA bill, which is H.R. 2216. The rule allows an hour of debate and an open amendment process, which means amendment vote are expected into the evening.
The other spending bill will be taken up later in the week, H.R. 2217, the DHS spending bill. The Obama administration has threatened to veto both bills and all other spending bills that aren't passed under a House-Senate budget framework.
The debate on the rule for the spending bills should get heated, as it includes language that deems the House GOP budget plan as passed by Congress. The GOP budget has not been passed by Congress due to Senate opposition.
But unless the House deems its passage, members cannot begin work on the annual spending bills. The House approved similar language in a rule last year, and argued that past Congresses have done the same.
Nonetheless, Democrats will object, and were already objecting on Monday.
"It is bad enough that the GOP is doubling down on a European-style austerity budget that fails to replace the sequester, does nothing to boost job growth, and slashes critical investments that will help our nation compete in a global economy," House Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said Monday. "They are doing so while refusing to follow regular order and appoint budget conferees so we can get a legitimate final budget."
The Senate starts at 10 a.m., and will continue work on S. 954, the farm bill. More amendments are possible, although senators are still looking for an amendment deal that will allow them to finish the bill. Senators will break at 12:30 p.m. for their normal Tuesday lunches.
At some point in the week, the Senate is also expected to consider S. 953, the Student Loan Affordability Act. This bill extends the 3.4 percent interest rate on student loans for another two years.