Senate NDAA Debated
After months of delay, the
Senate began debate on its version of the FY 2013 National Defense
Authorization Act (NDAA-S.3254) this week and continues on the Senate
floor today. As NewsBytes is prepared for distribution, lawmakers are
considering more than 400 floor amendments. Key amendments approved so
far include one requiring a report on TRICARE Prime availability in
conjunction with implementation of new TRICARE contract provisions
sponsored by Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.); an amendment sponsored by Sen.
John Cornyn (Texas) requiring the VA to provide Congress with a plan to
reduce the claims backlog; and an amendment expanding TRICARE coverage
for health services for military children with autism sponsored by Sen.
Kristen Gillibrand (N.Y.). Unfortunately, an amendment
sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.) addressing the Survivor
Benefit/Dependency Indemnity Compensation (SBP/DIC) offset was defeated
because it exceeded spending limits set by the Budget Control Act of
2011. FRA is closely tracking consideration of other amendments related
to FRA’s legislative agenda and will report on these next
Thanks to shipmates who
recently used the FRA Action
Center to send more than 8,500 e-mails to Capitol Hill on key
personnel-related NDAA provisions.