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H.R.683: Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor Adam Smith, D-Wash.
Total Cosponsors 82 (All Democrats)
Introduced Feb. 14, 2013
Latest Major Action March 14, 2013
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Bill Progress

  • Bill introduced in the House   
  • Bill passed in the House   
  • Bill passed in the Senate   
  • Bill signed into law

Bill Summary

Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act - Considers a person a spouse, for purposes of military personnel policies and military and veterans' benefits, if the marriage of the individual is valid in the state in which the marriage was entered into or, in the case of a marriage entered into outside any state, if the marriage is valid in the place in which the marriage was entered into and the marriage could have been entered into in a state. Includes as a state the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. territories and possessions.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 14, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
Feb. 22, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
Feb. 14, 2013 Referred to House Veterans' Affairs
Feb. 14, 2013 Referred to House Armed Services