House Subcommittee Marks Up Defense Authorization
The House Armed
Services’ Subcommittee on Military Personnel marked up its portion
of the House version of the FY 2013 Defense Authorization bill this
week. The subcommittee approved the measure (H.R. 4310), which does not
include language to increase TRICARE fees or create a commission to
study and proposed changes to the current military retirement benefit.
Although the battle to stop drastic TRICARE fee increases and harsh
retirement benefit cuts is not over, this is a clear indication that FRA
shipmates’ voices are being heard on Capitol
The subcommittee approved
- Authorize a military pay
increase of 1.7 percent and extend bonuses and special pay for
our men and women in uniform;
- Limit end strength reductions
for the active Army and Marine Corps;
- Provide new regulations
and procedures for combating and prosecuting sexual assault within the
- Extend access to family
housing for six months and commissary/exchange benefits for
two years for troops who are involuntarily separated;
- Extend TRICARE benefits
to members of the Selected Reserves who are involuntarily
- Clarify that non-monetary
contribution to healthcare benefits made by service members and their
families through a 20-or-more-year career of military service represents
pre-payment of healthcare premiums in retirement.
more information on the mark-up, read Tom Philpott’s Military
Update column (4-27, 2012).
The bill is scheduled to
be marked up and approved by the full House Armed Services Committee on
May 9, 2012. The Senate Armed Services Committee Personnel Subcommittee
will begin markup of the Senate’s version of the bill next month.
Once both chambers approve their version of the Defense Authorization, a
conference committee will be appointed to reconcile the differences
between the House and Senate bills.
The final bill is then sent to the House and the Senate
for approval, after which, it will be sent onto the President for his
approval or veto.
Members are urged to use
the FRA Action
Center to share
their views with lawmakers on these and other issues that impact their