Posted by 20 November 2020
Members of Congress are meeting during a lame duck session, working on a variety of bills before the session ends. They are even putting aside some of their partisan disagreements. This week, the House of Representatives passed two veterans-related bills with no dissenting votes.
While the Republicans, Democrats, and one Libertarian member of the House have strong disagreements, these disagreements were not on display during debate over veterans legislation. On November 16, the House unanimously passed two bills:
- S 3147: To require the Veterans Affairs Administration to report on the policies and procedures it changed to improve care.
- S 327: To allow veterans with a service-connected disability to enter national parks with no charge.
The passage of these bills was timed to occur near Veterans Day, which was on November 11.
The House will move on to debating more contentious legislation soon, however. Funding to keep the federal government open will expire on December 11. Congress and President Trump must agree on legislation to fund federal activities for the rest of the fiscal year when members return to the capitol after Thanksgiving.
What do you think Congress should do to honor veterans?