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Time Running Out for Veterans' Fertility Bill

Time Running Out for Veterans' Fertility Bill

 

Air Force Times by Rick Maze

The clock is running on a $568 million Senate bill that would expand infertility treatment for veterans, including vitro fertilization treatments at an estimated cost of $15,000 per user.

If the bill doesn’t pass the Senate and House by year’s end, it will vanish on Jan. 3 when a new session of Congress convenes. Legislation left hanging from a previous Congress dies when the new session begins.

Senate Passes Revised Stolen Valor Act

Senate Passes Revised Stolen Valor Act

Air Force Times by Rick Maze 

 

The Senate moved Monday to make sure nobody profits from lying about being a military hero.

The Stolen Valor Act of 2012, sponsored by decorated Vietnam War veteran Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., passed the Senate as an amendment to the 2013 defense authorization bill.

Webb’s proposal makes it a federal crime to make a false claim about having served in the military or having received a military decoration if the object of the lie is personal gain.

Senate Passes Veterans’ COLA After Delay

Senate Passes Veterans’ COLA After Delay

 

The Air Force Times by Rick Maze

By voice vote and with no apologies for unnecessary hand-wringing, the Senate passed a bill that provides 4 million veterans and survivors a 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase effective Dec. 1.

The measure now goes to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

Fewer Veterans to Serve in Congress in 2013

Fewer Veterans to Serve in Congress in 2013

 

The Air Force Times by Rick Maze

The Senate will have six fewer veterans and the House may see little or no change in veterans’ representation as a result of Tuesday’s election, a disappointing result for those hoping to see more veterans in Congress.

The Senate has twenty-six veterans today, but that number will fall to 20. Thirteen senators were up for election on Tuesday, four incumbents and nine challengers. None of the challengers won, and one incumbent — Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. — was defeated.

Houston Co. Majority Vote for Romney

Houston Co. Majority Vote for Romney

Sixty percent of Houston County voted for Mitt Romney in the presidential race.

Thirty-nine percent of the Houston County vote went to Barack Obama.

That was 34,631 votes for Romney, and 22,643 votes for Obama. 

One percent, 638 votes, of Houston Countian voters selected the third party candidate Gary Johnson on their ballots.

Nationwide, Mitt Romney had 2,054,373 votes, but 206 electoral votes. Obama won the reelection wtih 303 electoral votes.

See full election results on 13WMAZ.com

Absentee Ballots Diverted Around Storm Damage

Absentee Ballots Diverted Around Storm Damage

 

The Air Force Times by Karen Jowers

In the wake of Sandy’s wrath, and at crunch time before the election, absentee ballots from overseas voters are being diverted from John F. Kennedy International Airport to U.S. Postal Service hubs in Chicago and San Francisco, a Military Postal Service Agency official said.

Senators Look for a Way Out of Sequestration

Senators Look for a Way Out of Sequestration

 

The Air Force Times--A bipartisan group of six senators announced Monday that they are trying to find a way to avoid sequestration in January.

The group includes the Democratic chairman and ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, both of whom said they are worried about the impact of across-the-board cuts on defense programs.