Amendment Included in National Defense Policy Act
December 13, 2013
– Today, the U.S. House passed a series of bills with bipartisan support,
including H.R. 3304, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, by a vote
of 350-69, and H. J.
Res. 59, a House-Senate budget agreement that sets overall spending for Fiscal
Years 2014 and 2015, by a vote of 332-94. U.S.
Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) voted to support both measures.
Statement on H.R. 3304:
“The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 is long overdue,
despite the House passing its version during the Summer. This bill affords the
military some certainty about policy moving forward and offers the brave men
and women of our military the resources to safely fulfill their missions and
the support they deserve upon return from service.”
Background: H.R. 3304 includes a
dealing with the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) which offers
180 days of health insurance coverage for service members transitioning into
civilian life. The amendment extends TAMP by an additional 180 days for all
services rendered through telemedicine, to ensure that coverage is available
especially for those with Post Traumatic Stress, symptoms of which often do not
appear until 8 to 10 months following deployment.
amendment builds on Thompson’s 2011 STEP
Public Law 112-81, Section 713, which expanded service member health care
services and theuse of telemedicine at the Department of Defense (DoD).
Statement on H. J. Res. 59: “We were able
to prevent the Senate’s push for new taxes and spending increases and continue
my commitment to deficit reduction. While far from perfect, this bill replaces
the most economically harmful cuts imposed by the sequester with
smarter spending reforms that will produce greater deficit reduction over the
long-term. The bill will avoid harmful cuts to our military and protects our
constitutes a budget agreement reached between the House and Senate for Fiscal
Years 2014 and 2015. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the
measure would reduce the deficit by $85 billion. After factoring in targeted
replacement of sequester reductions of $62 billion, the savings put towards
deficit reduction will amount to $23 billion.