House Passes $81B Measure for Veterans and Military Construction After Heated Debate

The contested bill showed the societal fissures that divide Republicans and Democrats are never far below the surface of any debate in Congress, even over a relatively routine spending measure.

📅   Fri May 20, 2016 - National Edition


The New York Times is reporting that the House of Representatives has approved an $81.6 billion spending measure for veterans affairs and military construction programs after hours of contentious floor debate.
The New York Times is reporting that the House of Representatives has approved an $81.6 billion spending measure for veterans affairs and military construction programs after hours of contentious floor debate.

The New York Times is reporting that the House of Representatives has approved an $81.6 billion spending measure for veterans affairs and military construction programs after hours of contentious floor debate that at times focused on cultural disputes, including efforts to restrict the flying of the Confederate flag and a bitter split over workplace protections for gays and lesbians employed by federal contractors.

Those disputes showed once again that the societal fissures that divide Republicans and Democrats are never far below the surface of any debate in Congress, even over a relatively routine spending measure.

The debate over workplace protections had spilled over from last Wednesday night when Republicans inserted an amendment to the annual military policy bill that would overturn an executive order by President Obama banning federal government contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation. The bill, which was considered must-pass legislation, passed along with the amendment by a vote of 277 to 147.

Source: The New York Times