House votes to give military free Internet in combat zones

Several other amendments were approved in the en bloc amendment package, which members agreed to by voice vote. Those amendments are from:

— Scott Rigell (R-Va.), striking language to give the Department of Defense more flexibility to implement contracting caps.

— Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), adding State Student Cadet Corps to the list of groups eligible for National Guard support services.

— Denny Heck (D-Wash.), allowing servicemembers to submit certified letters from a commanding officer in lieu of military orders.

— John Kline (R-Minn.), ensuring students from secondary schools are treated equally regarding enlistment.

— Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), creating a Military Hazing Prevention Oversight Panel.

— Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), requiring service academies to add sexual assault prevention in ethics curricula.

— Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), instructing the Department of Defense to offer guidance to service members are victims of sexual assault on how to fill out forms related to security clearances.

— Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), requiring the Department of Defense to abide by certain policies related to service members with or at risk of HIV.

— Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), requiring the Department of Defense to report on steps taken to ensure the keeping of records related to sexual assaults.

— Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), expanding foreclosure protections for service members.

— Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), requiring the Department of Defense to identify dependents of members who have served in combat zones with the presentation of a lapel button.

— Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), requiring the Department of Defense to review the Troops to Teachers program.

— John Culberson (R-Texas), authorizing the use of gold in the metal content of the Medal of Honor.

— Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), requiring the secretary of the Army to consider the Silver Star Award to four soldiers whose award nominations were lost and then downgraded.

— David McKinley (R-W.Va.), requiring the Department of Defense to set up an electronic system for monitoring active duty tours over 90 days served within a fiscal year, and letting extended tours serve toward retirement.

— Lee Terry (R-Neb.), allowing servicemembers not in uniform to render the military salute in the same way as service members in uniform.

— Terry, requiring the Department of Defense to report to Congress on ways it is collecting charges from third party payers.

— Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), extending the sunset of the secretary of Energy's Other Transaction authority by five years.

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