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US Military Spouses, Gov’t Workers See Wins in $738B Defense Bill

13:10  07 december  2019
13:10  07 december  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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The $ 738 billion defense authorization bill would also include 12-week paid parental leave for all federal employees, not just those in the Defense Department, the people said. The U.S. House likely will vote on the defense bill next week, with the Senate following after.

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(Bloomberg) -- Negotiators on the 2020 Defense Authorization bill have agreed to repeal the “widow’s tax,” which had shortchanged military spouses on the amount of survivor benefits they could collect.

a group of people in military uniform standing in front of a building: U.S. military personnel gather to board the USS Wasp aircraft carrier ahead of the Memorial Day address by U.S. President Donald Trump at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Trump said talks with Japan focused on security and a trade deal between the allies are going well ahead of a meeting with U.S. troops stationed in the country, despite differences between the two sides that emerged earlier in the trip.© Bloomberg U.S. military personnel gather to board the USS Wasp aircraft carrier ahead of the Memorial Day address by U.S. President Donald Trump at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Trump said talks with Japan focused on security and a trade deal between the allies are going well ahead of a meeting with U.S. troops stationed in the country, despite differences between the two sides that emerged earlier in the trip.

The repeal of the widow’s tax would be phased in over three years, according to two people familiar with the decision who asked not to be named because legislation isn’t yet public. Currently Defense Department survivor benefits are required to be reduced by amounts paid under the Veteran Affairs Department’s Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program when military service causes the members’ death.

Congress, White House Reach Tentative Deal Over Paid Parental Leave for Federal Workers

  Congress, White House Reach Tentative Deal Over Paid Parental Leave for Federal Workers Congress has struck a tentative bipartisan agreement that would authorize 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all federal workers, in a potentially historic deal negotiated with the White House. Draft language for a must-pass annual defense policy bill includes a provision that would allow 2.1 million civilians who work for the U.S. government across the country to take paid leave to care for a new baby after birth, adoption or the initiation of foster care, according to multiple people familiar with the deal.

Military spouses , predominantly women, face an unemployment rate of up to four times the national “That’s why we took steps in the defense bill to help provide employment opportunities for military “I think this is going to be a bipartisan win that will help us start to do what we did five years ago with

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The $738 billion defense authorization bill would also include 12-week paid parental leave for all federal employees, not just those in the Defense Department, the people said.

The U.S. House likely will vote on the defense bill next week, with the Senate following after.

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House passes defense bill to establish Space Force, paid family leave for federal workers .
The House on Wednesday easily passed the compromise defense policy bill that would grant federal workers 12 weeks of paid parental leave and create a new branch of the military dedicated to space.The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed in a 377-48 vote, with many "no" votes coming from progressive Democrats upset after several of their priorities were removed from the legislation. In all, 41 Democrats and 6 Republicans voted "no."The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed in a 377-48 vote, with many "no" votes coming from progressive Democrats upset after several of their priorities were removed from the legislation. In all, 41 Democrats and 6 Republicans voted "no.

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