12 July 2009

This week in Congress (13 July 2009) . . .

The following legislative activities, which affect U.S. servicemembers and veterans or concern military justice issues, are occurring this week in the U.S. Congress:

Monday 13 July 2009

Full Senate to start consideration of S. 1390, which is the Senate's version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, at 1100.

[NOTE: I have previously discussed the Senate's version here, here and here. There is a provision in the bill that would grant enemy combatants greater access to the nation's highest military court -- the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces -- if they are convicted by military commission over that of our own U.S. troops who are convicted by courts-martial which I discussed at length here. Under S 1390, enemies convicted by military commission would have an automatic right to America's highest military court whereas our own GI's would have to petition for discretionary review. Unfortunately, mainstream media has thus far ignored this provision so the majority of the public isn't aware of the inequity it would create. CAAFlog also discusses this provision here.]

Tuesday 14 July 2009

House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: Hearing on Examining the Progress of Electronic Health Record Interoperability Between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense, 1000, 334 Cannon House Office Building

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Hearing on Women Veterans: Bridging the Gaps in Care, 0930, Russell Senate Office Building.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Senate Rules and Administration Committee, Hearing on Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, S 1415, 0920, 301 Russell Senate Office Building

House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, Hearing on Beyond Service Core Competency: Are Our Junior Officers Prepared for Today's Security Environment?, 1400, 2212 Rayburn House Office Building [Note: the Deans and Commandants of the military service academies will be testifying before the subcommittee.]

House Veterans' Affairs Committee markup of pending legislation, 1015, 334 Cannon House Office Building

Thursday, 16 July 2009

House Armed Services Committee, Hearing on Prosecuting Law and War Violations: Reforming the Military Commission Act of 2006, 1400, 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. [Note: service Judge Advocates General will be testifying before the full committee.]

House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, markup on the Equal Justice for Our Military Act, HR 569 [Time and location is yet to be announced.]

House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Hearing on Eliminating the Gaps: Examining Women Veterans' Issues, 1000, 334 Cannon House Office Building

For this week in military justice go to CAAFlog here.

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