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- FMA PRIORITY CLEARS SENATE COMMITTEE - March 5, 2015
Bill boosting federal sick leave for disabled vets advances
By Andy Medici, Federal Times
On Wednesday, March 4, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved unanimously the bipartisan Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act (S. 242), as sponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS). The legislation would provide leave up front for disabled veterans newly hired to the federal government. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed similar legislation (H.R. 313) in late January 2015.
Patricia Niehaus, president of the Federal Managers Association, which helped create the legislation, said veterans who become federal employees shouldn't have to choose between work and much-needed health care. "As these disabled veterans served their country on and off the battlefield, it is only right that the federal government provide this much needed leave," Niehaus said. "The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act will ensure that federal agencies and departments' missions and goals will be met while treating our disabled veteran first year federal employees with the treatment they deserve."
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