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"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

HR 2349: Veterans' Benefits Training Improvement Act of 2011

Official Title

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to annually assess the skills of certain employees and managers of the Veterans Benefits Administration, and for other purposes.


This bill would amend the current penalties statute for charging unauthorized fees to veterans for claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs. A violator “knowingly solicits, contracts for, charges, or receives any fee or compensation” for certain benefit claims, or attempts to do so. Other violations include “unlawfully withhold[ing]” any benefits or claims, or attempting to do so; committing a punishable offense under the chapter; and aiding, abetting, counseling, commanding or otherwise causes any act that would be punishable under the chapter. A violation would be punishable by imprisonment for up to 1 year and a maximum fine under Title 18, U.S. Code.

Legislation Details

Runyan (R - NJ)


10/12/2011: Referred to Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
10/12/2011: Received in Senate
10/06/2011: Reported to House by House Veteran Affairs Committee
09/08/2011: Mark up in the House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
07/08/2011: Referred to House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
06/24/2011: Referred to House Veteran Affairs Committee