13 November 2009

Proposed U.S. Senate amendment to guarantee Supreme Court access for troops will not move forward due to a procedural flaw

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif) proposed SAmdt 2766 will not move forward because of a procedural flaw with the proposed amendment. That type of amendment cannot be tacked onto an appropriations bill under Senate rules. SAmdt 2766 had been proposed on Monday by Senator Feinstein.

The proposed amendment was to get the Equal Justice for United States Military Personnel Act of 2009, S. 357, placed in as an amendment to the FY 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriation Bill, H.R. 3082 on SAmdt 2730 by Senator Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). Today Senator Johnson's Legislative Director informed me that proposed SAmdt 2766 wasn't going to be added due to the procedural flaw.

The Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009, H.R. 569 is still pending in the House of Representatives. Sources on the Hill have indicated that it is expected to have a full House Judiciary Committee markup next month.

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