26 June 2009

Senate committee finishes markup of 2010 U.S. defense budget

Today the Senate Armed Services Committee completed its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2010. SASC issued a press release which can be found here. Unfortunately, the bill is not yet available on Thomas. But according to the press release, there is a host of improvements for military personnel contained in this NDAA which include increases in pay and bonuses, health care, the establishment of a task force to review programs that assist recovering wounded servicemembers, and a joint Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Navy health facility in Chicago. The most interesting thing in this press release is a provision that would give the Defense Department IG oversight authority on the Navy's policies and procedures in post-trial review of courts-martial (I'm guessing this has a lot to do with the Sgt. Foster case.) A report of SASC's roll call votes on the markup can be found here. The NDAA now moves to the full Senate for consideration after Congress returns from its 4th of July recess.

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