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    Cool US Congressional Actions

    I check out govttracker.com every day to see what Congress has done that effects vets. Here are just a FEW of the things they did yesterday: If you like this, let me know and I'll keep 'em coming.

    May 26 Bill Action:

    H.R. 2026: To provide grants to establish veteran's treatment courts.
    Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R-UT3] introduced H.R. 2002: To amend title 38, United States Code, to permit disabled or injured members of the Armed Forces to transfer Post 9/11 Educational Assistance benefits after retirement, and for other purposes.

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN] introduced S. 1139: A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide that interest shall not accrue on Federal Direct Loans for members of the Armed Forces on active duty regardless of the date of disbursement.

    S. 1141: A bill to exempt children of certain Filipino World War II veterans from the numerical limitations on immigrant visas and for other purposes. Sen. Daniel Akaka [D-HI]

    Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH] introduced S. 1123: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of benefits and assistance under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to veterans affected by natural or other disasters, and for other purposes.

    S. 1106: A bill to authorize Department of Defense support for programs on pro bono legal assistance for members of the Armed Forces.
    Sen. Herbert Kohl [D-WI]

    Sen. Robert MenÚndez [D-NJ] introduced S. 1109: A bill to authorize the adjustment of status for immediate family members of individuals who served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States during the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, and for other purposes.

    S. 1112: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to grant family of members of the uniformed services temporary annual leave during the deployment of such members, and for other purposes.
    Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]

    Rep. John Carter [R-TX31] introduced H.R. 2025: To amend title 32, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to provide funds to support the use by a State of the National Guard, State defense forces, and law enforcement agencies in securing an international border that forms part of the border of the State, and for other purposes.

    Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY] introduced S. 1089: A bill to provide for the introduction of pay-for-performance compensation mechanisms into contracts of the Department of Veterans Affairs with community-based outpatient clinics for the provision of health care services, and for other purposes.

    Rep. Charles Rangel [D-NY15] introduced H.R. 2046: To amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that members of the Armed Forces who are being separated from active duty receive comprehensive employment assistance, job training assistance, and other transitional services.

    H.R. 2048: To expand the eligibility for the provision of Government headstones, markers, and medallions for veterans buried at private cemeteries. Rep. Timothy Ryan [D-OH17]

    Rep. Patrick Tiberi [R-OH12] introduced H.R. 2051: To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to assist in the identification of unclaimed and abandoned human remains to determine if any such remains are eligible for burial in a national cemetery, and for other purposes.

    H.R. 2052: To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a registry of certain veterans who were stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and for other purposes. Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY21] I think this has to do with possible contamination

    Rep. Bill Flores [R-TX17] introduced H.Con.Res. 56: Expressing the sense of Congress that Members of Congress, the President, and the Vice President should donate their salaries to the Treasury for reducing the national debt if members of the Armed Forces do not receive pay or allowances because of a shutdown of the Federal Government or because the Government is unable to fund such pay and allowances because the public debt limit has been reached.

    The one thing that bothers me is when they introduce a bill with "and for other purposes." This is where they hide their pork barrel stuff.

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    It's always that "...and for other purposes" at the end of the bills' titles that gets me. Then you find out the bill is actually to grant subsidies or tax breaks to certain businesses, or allocate construction in certain districts, until the original meaning of the bill is watered down to nothingness.
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    Yeah and while the government tracker site indicates their introduction, you have to go to the Congressional Record to get their summaries - and it takes several days for them to show up. Then, they get all sorts of changes when they go to committee and finally to the floor.
    And let's not even talk about what happens to them when they go for "mark up" or reconciliation between the House and Senate versions.

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    Jun 7, 2011

    Sen. Max Baucus [D-MT] introduced S. 1154: A bill to require transparency for Executive departments in meeting the Government-wide goals for contracting with small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

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    Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT] introduced H.R. 2403: To authorize the Secretary of Defense to provide assistance to State National Guards to provide counseling and reintegration services for members of reserve components of the Armed Forces ordered to active duty in support of a contingency operation, members returning from such active duty, veterans of the Armed Forces, and their families.

    Rep. Jon Runyan [R-NJ3] introduced H.R. 2349: 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.

    Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R-MO4] introduced H.R. 2355: To amend title 38, United States Code, to exclude individuals who have been convicted of committing certain sex offenses from receiving certain burial-related benefits and funeral honors which are otherwise available to certain veterans, members of the Armed Forces, and related individuals, and for other purposes.

    Rep. John Barrow [D-GA12] introduced H.R. 2370: To provide funds to the Army Corps of Engineers to hire veterans and members of the Armed Forces to assist the Corps with curation and historic preservation activities, and for other purposes.

    Introduced: H.R. 2377: To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for expedited procedures for the consideration of certain veterans claims, and for other purposes. Rep. Joe Donnelly [D-IN2] introduced this bill.

    Rep. Bill Johnson [R-OH6] introduced H.R. 2383: To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use electronic communication to provide required notice to claimants for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary, and for other purposes.

    Introduced: H.R. 2384: To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct cost-benefit analyses of certain contracts. Rep. Bill Johnson [R-OH6] introduced this bill.

    Introduced: H.R. 2388: To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the submission of information by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Congress. Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1] introduced this bill.

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    Scheduled for Debate: S. 894: Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011
    This bill has been added to a schedule of legislation to be considered for debate, or has been recommended by a committee to be considered.

    Scheduled for Debate: S. 914: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the waiver of the collection of copayments for telehealth and telemedicine visits of veterans, and for other purposes.
    This bill has been added to a schedule of legislation to be considered for debate, or has been recommended by a committee to be considered.

    Scheduled for Debate: S. 277: Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2011
    This bill has been added to a schedule of legislation to be considered for debate, or has been recommended by a committee to be considered.

    Scheduled for Debate: S. 951: Hiring Heroes Act of 2011
    This bill has been added to a schedule of legislation to be considered for debate, or has been recommended by a committee to be considered.

    Scheduled for Debate: S. 745: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to protect certain veterans who would otherwise be subject to a reduction in educational assistance benefits, and for other purposes.
    This bill has been added to a schedule of legislation to be considered for debate, or has been recommended by a committee to be considered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSGDay View Post
    Scheduled for Debate: S. 277: Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2011
    This bill has been added to a schedule of legislation to be considered for debate, or has been recommended by a committee to be considered.
    I really can't see why Camp Lejeune veterans should be entitled to benefits that other veterans are not.
    Scheduled for Debate: S. 745: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to protect certain veterans who would otherwise be subject to a reduction in educational assistance benefits, and for other purposes.
    This bill has been added to a schedule of legislation to be considered for debate, or has been recommended by a committee to be considered.
    The only reason certain veterans are subject to a reduction in educational benefits that I can think of is that they received a discharge under less than honorable conditions - and in that case they don't deserve full benefits, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grunt Medic TXARNG View Post
    I really can't see why Camp Lejeune veterans should be entitled to benefits that other veterans are not.

    The only reason certain veterans are subject to a reduction in educational benefits that I can think of is that they received a discharge under less than honorable conditions - and in that case they don't deserve full benefits, IMO.
    +1. You need a full honorable (not general under honorable) to receive your education benefits. Do I think some SMs receive a bad break during their enlistment in which they receive less than a honorable? Yes, but there are programs already in place to correct those issues.

    I only care about legislation affecting Camp Kinser and Quantico Marine Veterans kidding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grunt Medic TXARNG View Post
    I really can't see why Camp Lejeune veterans should be entitled to benefits that other veterans are not.
    I think there was a contamination problem at Lejeune in the past (water?), Doc. I know I read something about it a few years a go & my friend, a USMC Veteran had received a form to fill out as he was stationed there for a few years. Later today if I think of it I'll google it & see if anything comes up. My friend recently had a heart attack & stroke & is sort of out of it at this time so I won't bother him with asking.
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    I agree = I think I read something about it on military.com and this is an attempt to help pay for medical costs for illnesses incurred by bad groundwater there.

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