House agrees to health-related amendments to DOD spending bill

A third amendment that would steer $500,000 for post traumatic stress disorder research was also accepted by voice vote. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) proposed this language; however, she withdrew another amendment steering $600,000 to breast cancer research.

The House began the amendment process for the bill shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, and roll call votes on several other amendments that have been debated are expected in the evening.

By the late afternoon, members had rejected a handful of amendments by voice vote, all from Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.). These include language that would end an environmental quality testing program in the Army, an Army HIV research program, and an environmental protection program in the Navy.

Broun argued that cutting these programs would save $70 million, and said these are functions that don't belong in the Armed Forces.