Category Archives: Senator

Senator vows to hold up VA leadership nominees until department provides info on toxic exposures bill

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A Tennessee senator is blocking the confirmation of four nominees to Veterans Affairs leadership posts over lingering complaints about the department’s lack of response on the cost and scope of pending legislation granting more generous benefits to victims of military toxic exposure cases. The move by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., has frustrated Democratic leaders on […]

Key GOP senator pushes for Biden to leave 1,000 troops behind in Afghanistan as a safety net

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A key Republican senator wants President Joe Biden to leave a military force of about 1,000 troops in Afghanistan until early 2022 to minimize the “chaotic transition” expected when U.S. forces fully withdraw from the country. “It would maintain a quick counterterrorism force as the political and security environment evolves; enable more-effective intelligence, surveillance and […]

Senator ‘baffled’ by DoD testimony on sexual assault incident visibility at unit level

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A senator who has been pushing defense officials for years to root out sexual assault and harassment in the ranks said she was “baffled” and “exasperated” by a defense official’s testimony that DoD doesn’t have visibility over what’s happening on the ground at units and installations with these issues. “Isn’t that the unit commander’s job?” […]

Senator demands meeting with defense leaders over their response to criticism of women in the ranks

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A prominent Republican senator this weekend demanded a personal meeting with Marine Corps leadership to explain why officials in charge of some service social media accounts insulted and “intimidated” conservative pundit Tucker Carlson for his comments about women in the military. “These actions run the risk of creating a culture of contempt for our country’s […]

Senator demands meeting with defense leaders over their response to criticism of women in the ranks

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A prominent Republican senator this weekend demanded a personal meeting with Marine Corps leadership to explain why officials in charge of some service social media accounts insulted and “intimidated” conservative pundit Tucker Carlson for his comments about women in the military. “These actions run the risk of creating a culture of contempt for our country’s […]

Senator urges delay in collecting troops’ deferred taxes

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Defense officials should delay collecting deferred payroll taxes from military members until October, wrote Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, in a Thursday letter to acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller. Service members and their families “may be about to face further financial strains” because of the collection of these deferred taxes, which starts in January, she wrote, […]

Senator pushes for hazard pay for guardsmen, active-duty troops on coronavirus response deployments

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One of the most prominent veterans serving in Congress is pushing her colleagues to approve hazard pay for troops working on the front lines of the coronavirus response, arguing the risk warrants that designation. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and a retired lieutenant colonel from the Iowa National Guard who served in the Middle East during […]

Senator pushes for hazard pay for guardsmen, active-duty troops on coronavirus response deployments

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One of the most prominent veterans serving in Congress is pushing her colleagues to approve hazard pay for troops working on the front lines of the coronavirus response, arguing the risk warrants that designation. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and a retired lieutenant colonel from the Iowa National Guard who served in the Middle East during […]