Senate amendment requires study on veterans healthcare system, several others passed

The Senate passed seven other amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 3254, which funds the U.S military and its operations.

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Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) introduced Amendment 2888, which ensures $200 for each day of nonparticipation of individuals wrongfully excluded from the Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Dem senator: Sanders ‘doesn’t have a lot of answers’ Groups urge Senate to oppose defense language on for-profit colleges MORE (D-W.Va.) introduced Amendment 2924, which adds language to the bill providing for the standardization of identification credentials required for eligibility, enrollment, transactions and updates across all Department of Defense installations.

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) introduced Amendment 2949, which extends a temporary increase in accumulated leave carryover for members of the armed forces through Sept. 30, 2015.

Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenPuerto Rico debt relief faces serious challenges in Senate Senate panel delays email privacy vote amid concerns Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns MORE (D-Ore.) introduced Amendment 2960, requiring the secretary of Defense to conduct a study of the adequacy of mechanisms for the reintegration into civilian life of members of the National Guard and the Reserves following a deployment on active duty in the Armed Forces, including whether permitting such members to remain on active duty for a limited period after “soft landing” depolyments is feasible and advisable for facilitating and easing that reintegration.

Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsGOP senator: 'I would consider’ being Trump’s VP Senate panel delays email privacy vote amid concerns Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise MORE (R-Ala.) introduced Amendment 2963, which allows the president to issue a posthumous honorary commission promoting to second lieutenant Army Sgt. Paschall Conley, a distinguished Buffalo Soldier who was recommended for promotion under then-existing procedures by Gen. John J. Pershing.

Sen. John HoevenJohn HoevenSenate panel approves funding boost for TSA Overnight Energy: Senate Dems block energy, water bill a third time Bison declared national mammal MORE (R-N.D.) introduced Amendment 2991, clarifying the sense of the Senate that “the United States should maintain a triad of strategic nuclear delivery systems and United States is committed to modernizing the component weapons and delivery systems of that triad” as part of the New START Treaty on ballistic missiles with Russia.

The Senate also passed Amendment 3083, but there was no information on the amendment at the time of publication.

The Senate decided not to take up Sen. Kelley Ayotte's (R-N.H.) amendment, 3003, on establishing a missile defense site on the East Coast, she said, because the House defense bill already includes similar language.

The Senate is schedule to continue amendment work on the defense bill Thursday, with hopes of finishing work by the end of the week.

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