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  • FRA Hosts Coast Guard Caucus Event FRA hosted its 19th annual Coast Guard Caucus breakfast this week.
  • NDAA Gets Subcommittee Markup in House The House Armed Services, Military Personnel Subcommittee (HASC-MP) along other HASC Subcommittees completed their mark ups of their portion of the House version of the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA-H.R. 2810).
  • Arlington National Cemetery Plans to Expand The Army Times is reporting in the June 15, 2017 issue that Arlington National Cemetery will move forward with plans to expand the cemetery by more than 50,000 spaces that will extend the life of the cemetery from 2041 to until 2050.
  • Debt Limit Fight Expected Sooner Rather Than Later In November 2015 President Obama signed a budget deal with House and Senate Republicans that included lifting the federal government debt ceiling until March 31, 2017.
  • FY 2018 Spending Bill Moves Forward The House Appropriations Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee marked up and approved its FY2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which will be sent onto the full House Appropriations Committee
  • FRA Participates in Arlington Cemetery Roundtable Discussion NED Thomas Snee recently participated in a VSO round table discussion about the future of Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) that was organized by the Arlington Advisory Committee.
  • VA Accountability Legislation Heads to President's Desk National Executive Director (NED) Thomas Snee participated in a press conference on Capitol Hill to celebrate the passage of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act" (S.1094) to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • House Passes Financial Choice Act The House passed the "Financial CHOICE Act" (H.R.10), which seeks to dramatically reshape the regulation of banking and other financial activities.
  • VA to Use Same Electronic Health Care Record System as DoD Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin recently announced that the VA will dramatically reform his agency's Electronic Health Record (EHR) system by replacing the old antiquated system with same system used by the Department of Defense.
  • DHS Secretary Says USCG Budget Is Not Big Enough Department of Homeland Security (DHS) General John Kelly testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee this week.
  • Veterans Can Register for Online Military Exchange Shopping Some veterans who register at VetVerify.org will be invited to be beta testers.
  • HVAC Budget Hearing National President Donald Larson and Assistant Director of Veterans Program Brian Condon attended a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to review President Trump's proposed FY2018 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • VA Disability Appeals Reform Passes The House and Senate approved the "Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act" (H.R.2288), sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost (Ill.) that addresses the growing backlog of disability appeal cases
  • Bipartisan Agreement Reached on Accountability of VA Employees Top lawmakers have apparently reached a bipartisan and bicameral agreement on how the Department of Veterans Affairs should have a more streamlined process for dismissing dishonest employees.
  • White House Veterans Complaint Line During the 2016 Presidential election campaign, then Presidential candidate Donald Trump pledged to create a White House complaint line for veterans.
  • FY 2018 Defense Budget Request has TRICARE Fee Increases The President's budget request includes $639 billion for discretionary spending authority for the Department of Defense (DoD), which is a $52 billion increase above FY 2017 DoD budget.
  • VA Budget Request Rollout Decreases Some Benefits FRA ADVP Brian Condon and FRA NVSO Chris Slawinski attended the annual Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) FY 2018 budget briefing.
  • Chairman of JCS Re-appointed Press reports indicate that Marine General Joe Dunford will be nominated for a second term as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Air Force General Paul Selva will be nominated for a second term as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
  • Memorial Day Observances National President Donald Larson will represent the FRA during Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, May 29.
  • HVAC Approves Bills to Speed up Veterans Disability Benefits The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs (HVAC) marked up and approved several proposals that include two FRA-supported bills that aim to improve adjudication of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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