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Insurance Journal West
U.S. Congresswoman: Flood Insurance Bill Bad for Michigan
A U.S. Congresswoman from Michigan wants her state to opt out of the National Flood Insurance Program, saying it's not good for Michigan homeowners.
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Wed Mar 05, 2014
Josh Miller protected insurance for himself while opposing it for poorer people
Blue Hog Report beats me to the punch in digging up some legislative work by Rep. Josh Miller of Heber Springs.
Tue Mar 04, 2014
Northwest Florida Daily News
Defense budget could help Northwest Florida
Some major local military operations - the F-35 program and special operations forces, for example - appear to be largely untouched by the Pentagon's proposed budget cuts, but force reduction measures and degradation of military benefits still will have an effect on local service members.
Legion Encouraged by 2015 VA Budget Proposal
If the Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal 2015 budget is approved, it will be one of the few federal agencies in the era of sequestration to see an increase in funding )--The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking Congress to approve a $163.9 billion budget in fiscal 2015, an increase of about $10.1 billion over the department's fiscal 2014 ... (more)
VA reform: It's vets versus bureaucrats
Here's a true story about how things work at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs : In March 2013, Dr. Steve Coughlin, a former VA epidemiologist, testified to Congress about how the VA had failed to follow up with veterans who had reported suicidal thoughts, and that many of those vets later took their own lives.
Sun Mar 02, 2014
Pensacola News Journal
Bowden: Protect some beach parcels
Escambia Commissioner Grover Robinson and congressional ally U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller are pushing a private beach ownership bill that passed the House of Representatives by two votes and likely endangers the Interior Department's 1946 Santa Rosa Island reverter clause.
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Investigation Proves Whistleblower Claims That VA Neglected Suicidal Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs has substantiated some of the allegations made last year by a former epidemiologist who claimed that the agency neglected assisting suicidal veterans and was slow to release important research data.
Thu Feb 27, 2014
Republican Bill Excludes Fertility Treatments For Vets With Genital Wounds
Sen. Patty Murray , a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, believes fertility treatments should be covered for wounded veterans.
VA security breach leaves veterans' data at risk
An internal memo prepared by top IT professionals inside the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency's computers that hold private information for hundreds of thousands of military veterans are essentially wide open.
Wed Feb 26, 2014
Northwest Florida Daily News
Pentagon budget proposal raises questions
As the war in Afghanistan is set to wind down, the Pentagon has proposed a post-war defense budget that almost certainly will affect military-rich areas such as Northwest Florida.
Republican Members Move Last-Minute Money To David Jolly in Florida Special Election
Republican members of Congress are sending last-minute campaign contributions to win a special election in Florida on March 11th.
Tue Feb 25, 2014
American Legion Magazine
Legion: VA must have advance appropriations
On Feb. 25, American Legion Legislative Division director Lou Celli spoke at a veterans service organization rally on Capitol Hill to encourage passage of a bill mandating advance budget appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mon Feb 24, 2014
Massive veterans bill heading toward Senate vote
What has been characterized as the most sweeping veterans legislation in decades could reach the Senate floor for a vote as early at Tuesday.
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The Obama administration's Department of Veterans Affairs knew that a breach of veterans' personal information was "practically unavoidable" months before it happened in January, according to an internal VA risk assessment that also said the department's security programs are "non-compliant" with three federal laws.
Sun Feb 23, 2014
Stimulus: Positive impact or total waste?
February marks the five-year anniversary of passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan that President Barack Obama said was necessary to avert another Great Depression.
Thu Feb 20, 2014
Complaint over Seattle VA office spurs congressman to step in
The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee has ordered congressional staff to accompany outside reviewers checking on how well the Department of Veterans Affairs processes disability claims, after complaints that the VA's Seattle regional office hindered the reviewers' work in January.
Federal Diary: Rubio, Miller would take away employee rights in name of serving veterans
The latest in a series of moves against top civil servants in the Department of Veterans Affairs would eliminate key employment protections.
Creative Loafing Tampa
OFA again targets Marco Rubio as being a climate denier
Volunteers with Organizing for America , the community organizing project of the Democratic National Committee designed to help advocate for President Obama's policy positions, held events all across the county on Thursday, calling out members of Congress who they contend refuse to accept the basic science of climate change.
The Washington Post
Key Republican concerned that VA obstructed quality review
A top House Republican has raised concerns that the Veterans Affairs Department obstructed the efforts of a veterans group to evaluate claims processing at a Seattle regional office.
Bipartisan legislative group wants to prevent VA cutoff
A quiet backdrop to the Washington's political theater last October that was the partial government shutdown was anxiety rippling across 3.9 million disabled veterans who rely on government compensation for Your Take contributions have not been reviewed for accuracy by USA TODAY.