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Last week was very busy in Washington. Two important Senators announced that they would not run for reelection in 2016 and one influential member of the House of Representatives said she would be running for the Senate. You must have all heard that former Senate Majority Leader and present Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-MV) announced that he would not run for re-election but you may not have heard that influential Senator Dan Coates (R-IN) announced that he would run for re-election. And 2 Term Member of the House Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said she would run against Senator Mark Kirk in Illinois. So there are an additional 3 dramatic Senate races in 2 years. Also last week Freshman Congressman Steve Russell joined the Armed Services Committee. Rep. Russell served a career in the U.S. Army Infantry and showed he knew and cared about the life of the ordinary soldier when he participated in a hearing on the recommendations of the MCRMC's recommendations.
Both the House and Senate passed different versions of their budget blueprint (more on that below) and the House overwhelmingly passed its bi-partisan version of a permanent solution to the Medicare "Doc Fix" (more on that in next weeks Update.) And they then all went home for a 2 week Easter and Passover recess.
1) Congress Passes Budgets and then Leaves Town for Two Weeks
2) TREA Past President Stars in New Documentary Movie
3) Senate Unanimously Passes Amendment Urging VA to Fix 40-Mile Eligibility in Choice Act
4) More on Proposed Improvements to the VA's Choice Program
5) VA Budgeting Planning Bill Passes House of Representatives
6) Veterans: We Love You, But You're Too Expensive
News for the Enlisted Monday March 30, 2015
President Larry Hyland Requests Feedback From You
In the President's Message in the March 2015 issue of The Voice (p. 6), President Hyland discusses several options the board and staff are considering to contain the high cost of printing and mailing The Voice. One option discussed in the article is going to a semi-annual publication with a potential change to format and content, and continuing the other months with a portable document file (.pdf) format that can be downloaded and printed. Another option, further reducing costs, would be producing just the .pdf format for all issues. Please read the full article (click here) for complete details.
Before further discussion and refinement is pursued, President Hyland would like membership feedback, comments, etc. regarding publishing The Voice magazine two times a year (semi-annual) or elimination of the printed magazine altogether, prior to 20 April. You can email your thoughts on this matter to President Hyland at email@example.com
OCEAN BLUR- The guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, right, comes alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos during Multi-Sail 2015 in waters near Guam, March 26, 2015. Multi-Sail is an annual Destroyer Squadron 15 exercise designed to assess combat systems, improve teamwork and increase warfighting capabilities in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
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TREA: The Enlisted Association has just received information from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald regarding the VA's Choice Card.
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