H.R. 1961, Veterans' Dioxin and Radiation Exposure Compensation Standards Act as first introduced, March 8, 1983
Representative Thomas Daschle of South Dakota, a Vietnam-era veteran, introduced the first Agent Orange legislation in 1983. Through amendments and other acts, Congress required the Veterans Administration to continue research on herbicide exposure, treat and compensate disabled veterans, and establish an advisory committee on environmental hazards of military service.
Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives and Records Administration