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Friday, October 07, 2005

Body Armor Reimbursement

An update from the office of Senator Dodd:
[October 6, 2005] The Department of Defense promulgated rules over seven months after the original law's deadline. Senator Dodd called the rules "late and incomplete," as they didn't cover many of the pieces of safety equipment the DoD should be providing. Dodd then offered a revised amendment that was different in two ways from the original one:

* It expanded the time during which applicable purchases would be reimbursed.

* It transferred authority to reimburse from Secretary Rumsfeld to the each serviceperson's unit commander.

The amendment was co-sponsored by Sens. Byrd (D-WV), Durbin (D-IL), and Kerry (D-MA). After [Senator Dodd's] speech, and some further words in support by Senator John Warner (R-VA) the amendment was approved unanimously in a voice vote. (This was an unexpected and welcome turn of events; we had anticipated having to wait for a roll call vote.)

The amendment is now attached to the Defense Appropriations Bill which is still being debated by the Senate. If it passes, the bill will be reconciled with the House version in a conference committee, and presented to President Bush (who vowed to veto it if it includes Senator McCain's anti-torture provisions).
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