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Congress urges Pentagon to take brain injury seriously as Trump downplays the damage

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A bipartisan group of members of Congress pressured the Department of Defense to take traumatic brain injuries in the military seriously just days after President Trump appeared to downplay ones suffered by service members in an attack launched by Iran. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/congress-urges-pentagon-to-take-brain-injury-seriously-as-trump-downplays-the-damage Read more »

Amid Rising Sexual Assault Rates across the Military, Gillibrand, Grassley, Speier, Bacon Announce Bipartisan Effort to Establish “Safe to Report” Policy in the Military

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Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate to establish a “Safe to Report” standard in the military. As thousands of military sexual assault cases go unreported each year, reports show more survivors are empowered to come f... Read more »

Abigail Spanberger Files Bill Inspired by Mike Lecik, Local Firefighter Battling Cancer

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A Powhatan firefighter’s battle with cancer has inspired a bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives that would provide veteran firefighters with the fair compensation, healthcare, and retirement benefits earned through their service. https://www.richmond.com/news/local/central-virginia/powhatan/powhatan-today/abigail-spanberger-files-bill-inspired-by-mike-lecik-local-firefighter/... Read more »

State and Local Officials Lead by Doing

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Martin Luther King Jr. made a name for himself helping the disenfranchised. Siena Frances House wants to further that mission. https://www.wowt.com/content/news/State-and-local-officials-lead-by-doing-567151191.html Read more »

U.S. House Bill Aims to Help Veteran Firefighters

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A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House that aims to help veteran firefighters. Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and Congressman Don Bacon (R-Nebraska-02), a U.S. Air Force veteran, introduced the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act on Thursday. It aims to provide veteran firefighters will the compensation, health care, and retirement benefits they earned with their military se... Read more »

Lawmakers urge Treasury, USDA to push on EIS

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https://fcw.com/articles/2020/01/14/eis-congress-letters-rockwell.aspx In December, the Departments of Treasury and Agriculture got some advice from a handful of lawmakers on how to leverage the General Services Administration's $50 billion, 15-year next-generation telecommunications contract to modernize their operations. The CIOs at Treasury and USDA received letters from members of the House Fi... Read more »

Committee Advances Bipartisan Proposal to Strengthen Federal Support for Homeless Youth

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https://edlabor.house.gov/media/press-releases/committee-advances-bipartisan-proposal-to-strengthen-federal-support-for-homeless-youth Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2019 (H.R. 5191)—a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act of 1974 and empower states to strengthen and expand servic... Read more »

Nebraska Guard gets some, but not all, of the money needed to rebuild flood-damaged Camp Ashland

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https://www.omaha.com/news/military/nebraska-guard-gets-some-but-not-all-of-the-money/article_c71e4e47-3242-57fd-a072-be60a2d7b1cf.html Thanks to a hefty Christmas gift from Washington, the Nebraska National Guard soon will be able to start rebuilding its flood-ravaged training site, Camp Ashland. The Defense Department appropriations bill passed last month by Congress included $48.4 million for m... Read more »

Nebraska's all-Republican delegation denounces House resolution limiting Trump's war powers

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https://www.omaha.com/news/state_and_regional/nebraska-s-all-republican-delegation-denounces-house-resolution-limiting-trump/article_c0d2c175-5632-5a34-baa4-c14d53587ab4.html WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a resolution that supporters cast as a bid to prevent President Donald Trump from escalating the conflict with Iran without congressional approval. But those on the other side denounc... Read more »

Veterans in Congress Come Together ‘For Country’

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https://warontherocks.com/2019/12/veterans-in-congress-come-together-for-country/ Have you heard of the ‘For Country’ caucus? In a political moment defined by acrimony above all else, this caucus brings together members of Congress who have served in the military — Democrats and Republicans. They meet regularly and work together on interests of common concern, including defense, but also beyond. A... Read more »