Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Now the Senate

The Senate version of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, S.2806, was reported out of committee on April 18th of this year.  That is, the committee offered the bill to the floor of the Senate.  This version of the bill, in addition to the version passed by the House last week will have to be reconciled, to make them the same, or to change what the House version has in it.  Most likely Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority leader, will set up a Conference committee to iron out the differences. 

Our preference is for the Senate to accept the House version and pass it.

As this is a major funding bill, the Senate will likely not waste any time in moving the bill, either passing it unchanged, or modified and returned to the House.  At some point both houses must agree on the language of the entire bill in order to have it enacted.

In this election season, the conventions are coming up and the primaries are ending.  Congress will go into recess soon, next week for the Holiday, near the end of June, briefly, and after two weeks in July.  Then they recess for the Conventions.

Please, contact BOTH your Senators and extract their promise to keep the Blue Water Navy amendment in the bill, no matter which version gets passed.  Keep the pressure on!


”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Obama Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

"It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

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