[Nfbc-info] FYI FW: House Amends HR 164 in to National Defense Authorization Act

Michael Hingson info at michaelhingson.com
Fri Jun 14 18:46:15 UTC 2013

This is great news!  Stay tuned. 






Michael Hingson


Subject: House Amends HR 164 in to National Defense Authorization Act


Good Afternoon To You All,


     I am pleased to inform you that our work on behalf of Blind Veterans
has paid off.  Because of the cosponsor support on HR 164, Congressman
Bilirakis submitted this legislation as an amendment to the House National
Defense Authorization Act.  That Amendment was accepted by the Rules
Committee on Wednesday night and  by the House yesterday afternoon.  A short
time ago the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act.  The
Senate has been working in committee on its version of the Defense bill, and
it may get to the Senate floor next week, but I do not have confirmation of
that at this time.  I do know that our Senate sponsor of S 346, Senator
Tester, is planning to offer the bill as an amendment to the Senate defense
bill.  I will let you know more information about the Senate as it becomes
available, because we will need calls to your Senators asking them to
support Senator Tester's amendment.  If we are successful in the Senate, we
will then have to wait for the conference committee to resolve the
differences in the two bills.  I want to take this time to thank you all for
your hard work on this issue, and urge you to prepare your affiliates for
the Senate push.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  Take
Care, and have a great weekend!  Jesse



Jesse Hartle

National Federation of the Blind

Government Programs Specialist

Phone: 410-659-9314, Ext. 2233

Email: jhartle at nfb.org

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