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Senators Debate Defense Spending in FY 2018 Budget Talks

Senate lawmakers on Thursday discussed military spending matters as they work to strike a budget deal for fiscal 2018 before the current continuing resolution expires on Jan. 19, Defense News reported Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said Thursday in a floor speech that reductions to discretionary defense spending …

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Senate to Vote on Veteran Benefits Reform Bill

The Senate is set to decide on legislation that would extend various veteran privileges and create new benefits for former military service members, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jared Serbu writes the 400-page legislation, introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is intended to revoke a provision of the Ryan-Murray budget …

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VA Trims Disability Claims Backlog by 74K; Bernie Sanders Comments

The Veterans Affairs Department has reduced the number of backlogged disability claims by 74,000 since it began the verification process in March, Nextgov.com reported Wednesday. Bob Brewin writes Thomas Murphy, director of VA’s compensation and pension service, told a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing the automated veterans benefits management system …

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5 New Members Join Senate Finance Panel

The Senate Finance Committee will have three new Republican members and two new Democrat members on the panel for the new session of Congress, Reuters reports. Patrick Temple-West writes the new Republican members are Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Rob Portman of Ohio. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and …

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Bernie Sanders to Chair Senate Vet Affairs Panel

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, will succeed Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) as chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee when Congress begins its next session in January. Politico reports Murray is moving over to the Budget Committee as chairman. Sanders, a member of the Veterans Affairs …

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