Slew of amendments approved for military construction/Veterans Affairs bill

The other, from Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), would strike language prohibiting agencies from requiring contractors to enter into a project labor agreement (see the preceding story).

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A third amendment, from Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), sought to restore veterans' status to Filipinos who were stripped of that status. But a point of order was sustained against this amendment.

Other amendments were approved by voice vote; brief descriptions follow here:

• Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), to add $10 million to the Energy Conservation Program at the Defense Department.

• Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.), to allow reservists to purchase a government headstone even if they were never called up for active service.

• Peter Welch (D-Vt.), to require an inventory of energy efficiency in buildings to be published on a website.

• Lee Terry (R-Neb.), to require an Inspector General report on cost overrides on faulty bidding.

• Blumenauer, designative $35 million for post-traumatic stress disorder and brain trauma treatment.

• Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), to provide $16 million for improved access to healthcare for rural-based veterans.

• Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), to give preferences in awarding contracts to veteran-owned small businesses.

• Ted Poe (R-Texas), to prohibit funds from being used to hire a new director of a national cemetery who is not a veteran.

• Poe, to prohibit the burial services of veterans from being disrupted at national cemeteries.

• Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), to prohibit funds from being used for informal base realignment or closure.

• Bill Flores (R-Texas), to prohibit funds to implement the Energy Security and Independence Act.

• Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), to prohibit funds to be used for a director of construction at VA who does not have a degree in architecture or engineering.

• Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), to prohibit bonuses to senior VA executives.

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