The vote came just days after the issue of China's cyber-spying on the United States was raised, when President Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Despite occasional claims of Chinese computers hacking into U.S. systems, Obama said the U.S. and China should find a way to "work together to address issues like cybersecurity."
Thompson's language would require the Defense Department to run preliminary mental health assessments on everyone before they join the military. These assessments would be used as a baseline to help track the mental health of recruits over their careers.
Another, from Rep. Pete GallegoPete P. GallegoVulnerable Texas GOP lawmaker survives rematch 5 races for tech to watch Vulnerable House freshmen passed most bills in decades, analysis finds MORE (D-Texas), would empower the secretary of Defense to determine whether the military's suicide prevention efforts are working.
Several others proposals were included in the en bloc package, including language from:
— Rob Andrews (D-N.J.), requiring a report on whether the DOD could automate accrual of interest for certain service members.
— Cheri BustosCheri BustosPelosi lays out several Dem leadership nominations Overnight Cybersecurity: FBI tightens rules on posing as journalists | Deal on bill to update feds' outdated tech | New Guccifer 2.0 leaks Guccifer docs target Ohio House districts MORE (D-Ill.), requiring the secretary of the Army to review and provide a report on the Medal of Honor nomination of Capt. William L. Albracht.
— Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), setting standards for replacement of military medals and decorations.
— Ron KindRon KindJunior Dems plot strategy as leadership vote looms Ryan: Pacific deal can't be fixed in time for lame-duck vote House Democrat expects support to grow for Pacific trade deal MORE (D-Wis.), authorizing an award of the Medal of Honor to Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing for acts of valor during the Civil War.
— Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickWomen make little gains in new Congress McCain wins sixth Senate term In Arizona, history and voter registration data gives GOP edge MORE (D-Ariz.), requiring the DOD to provide service records to Veterans Affairs 90 days after a military discharge.
— Tim BishopTim BishopDems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm House moves to vote on .1T package; backup plan in place MORE (D-N.Y.), adding a sense of Congress that the remains of U.S. crewmen should be recovered from Thurston Island, Antarctica.
— Thompson, extending the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) coverage for service members and their families by 180 days for treatment provided by telemedicine.
— Brett GuthrieBrett GuthrieHouse GOP defense policy bill conferees named Overnight Regulation: Fight brews over minor leaguers' salaries Lawmakers push bill blocking minor league ballplayers from salary protections MORE (R-Ky.), requiring policies for the care of service members with urotrauma, or wounds to the kidneys, reproductive organs and urinary organs.
— Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), requiring a report on the role of Veterans Administration on the prevention of brain injuries, PTSD and other conditions.
— Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (R-Ga.), requiring the secretary of the Air Force to report on the implementation of recommendations of the Palomares Nuclear Weapons Accident Revised Dose Evaluation Report.
— Mike Conaway (R-Texas), allowing the U.S. military to provide integrated air-missile defense training/coordination to Gulf Cooperation Council countries.