What: All Issues : War & Peace : Well-Being of America's Military Personnel : H R 1588. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Conference Report Which Failed to Extend Full Retirement and Disability Benefits to U.S. Veterans Who Were Wounded in Battle.
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H R 1588. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Conference Report Which Failed to Extend Full Retirement and Disability Benefits to U.S. Veterans Who Were Wounded in Battle.
house Roll Call 616     Nov 07, 2003
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Earlier in the congressional session, both the House and Senate adopted legislation to authorize federal spending on defense. Because differences existed between the House and Senate versions of the bill, a conference committee was convened to reconcile those differences in the form of a conference report (a conference report is the final version of a piece of legislation). The subject of this vote was a motion offered by Representative Marshall (D-GA) to recommit to committee the conference report on the defense authorization bill with instructions that it be amended to allow all U.S. veterans to immediately receive full disability and retirement benefits simultaneously. Progressives supported the motion to recommit because, in their view, the conference report version of the legislation short-changed disabled veterans. That conference report version, Progressives argued, failed to provide disabled veterans with both retirement and disability benefits simultaneously; instead, disabled veterans could only collect either retirement or disability benefits, but not both at the same time. Progressives also expressed dismay that the Bush Administration could provide tax relief to the wealthiest Americans but fail to provide full disability and retirement benefits to those individuals who were wounded in battle while defending the United States. Conservatives opposed the motion to recommit and argued that the conference report already went a long way toward expanding disability benefits to those wounded veterans who previously received no disability benefits whatsoever. On a vote of 188-217, the motion to recommit was defeated and the conference report on the defense authorization bill was allowed to proceed to a final vote.

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