Category Archives: Congress

Congress reacts to US airstrikes in Syria

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WASHINGTON ― The Pentagon’s announcement that that U.S. forces conducted deadly airstrikes in Syria sparked complaints from some of President Joe Biden’s Democratic allies that he overreached, while key Republicans applauded the move. The reactions came after the Feb. 25 airstrikes targeted facilities belonging to an Iranian-backed Iraqi armed group, reportedly killing one fighter. The […]

This week in Congress: Pandemic response remains lawmakers’ top focus

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House lawmakers expect to approve the latest coronavirus relief bill by the end of this week, with a goal of Congress finalizing the bill’s $1.9 trillion in spending — including a significant amount of supplemental funding on veterans programs — by the middle of March The measure has made national headlines because of plans to […]

This week in Congress: Pandemic response remains lawmakers’ top focus

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House lawmakers expect to approve the latest coronavirus relief bill by the end of this week, with a goal of Congress finalizing the bill’s $1.9 trillion in spending — including a significant amount of supplemental funding on veterans programs — by the middle of March The measure has made national headlines because of plans to […]

This week in Congress: A new deputy defense secretary, and lingering Fort Hood concerns

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As many congressional committees hold their first organizational meetings this week, Senate Armed Services officials will continue their already-started work of the new session with a pair of significant events for the military community. On Thursday, the committee will hold a closed briefing on the Fort Hood command climate survey, with an eye towards reforms […]

Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill

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WASHINGTON — Congress has overridden President Donald Trump’s veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers since he took office nearly four years ago. In an extraordinary New Year’s Day session, the Republican-controlled Senate easily turned aside the veto, dismissing Trump’s objections to the $740 billion bill and handing him a stinging rebuke […]

Veterans in the 117th Congress, by the numbers

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When elected officials gather on Capitol Hill to formally convene the 117th Congress on Jan. 3, they’ll do so with 91 veterans among their ranks, the lowest total since at least World War II. The number of veterans in Congress has declined almost steadily since the mid-1970s, as the military shifted from an end strength […]

Congress finalizes sweeping veterans policy bill with new protections for women, students

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House lawmakers on Wednesday finalized a massive, sweeping veterans policy measure which includes new protections for student veterans, new aid for veterans hurt by the ongoing pandemic and long sought-after improvements to VA services aimed at women veterans. The 337-page bill — cobbled together in recent months from dozens of smaller reform measures — easily […]

Congress finalizes sweeping veterans policy bill with new protections for women, students

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House lawmakers on Wednesday finalized a massive, sweeping veterans policy measure which includes new protections for student veterans, new aid for veterans hurt by the ongoing pandemic and long sought-after improvements to VA services aimed at women veterans. The 337-page bill — cobbled together in recent months from dozens of smaller reform measures — easily […]

This week in Congress: A look ahead at next year’s priorities

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As members of Congress wrap up their work for 2020 this week, they’ll also be eyeing the work ahead in 2021. Lawmakers on multiple committees — including the House Armed Services committee and both chamber’s veterans policy panels — will hold hearings this week that will serve as partial previews of priorities for the 117th […]