Apr 25 2012
Chairman Joe Wilson
WASHINGTON- The House Armed Services Committee today released legislative language scheduled to be considered by the Subcommittee on Military Personnel at their markup tomorrow. By releasing the legislative language as well as other descriptive information, Chairman McKeon is complying with House disclosure rules and overseeing the most transparent process in Congress for composing national security legislation. Led by subcommittee Chairman Joe Wilson (R-SC), the proposal is a vital portion of the larger National Defense Authorization Act, providing our war fighters and their families with the care and support they need, deserve, and have earned; while ensuring that proposed drawdown plans do not cut to the heart of the Army and Marine Corps. Specifically, this year's proposal will:
- Authorize a troop pay increase of 1.7% and extend bonuses and special pay for our men and women in uniform
- Limit end strength reductions for the active Army and Marine Corps
- Provide significant new regulations and procedures for combating and prosecuting sexual assault within the military
- Extend access to family housing for six months and Commissary and Exchange benefits for two years for troops who are involuntarily separated.
- Extend some TRICARE benefits to members of the Selected Reserves who are involuntarily separated.
- Make clear that non-monetary contributions to health care benefits made by our troops and their familiesthrough a career of service to America represents pre-payment of health carepremiums in retirement.
The legislative text, descriptive section-by-section analysis, and directive report language can be found here. The Subcommittee on Military Personnel will meet tomorrow at 10:30 AM in room 2212 to consider this proposal.