Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014

February 3, 2014
February 27, 2014
Ordered to be reported

This bill proposed expanding medical services and other benefits for veterans. However, a controversial amendment related to Iran’s nuclear program scotched the measure’s prospects.

S.A. 2752, submitted by Richard Burr (R-NC) on 2/25/14, 8 cosponsors.
This amendment would have replaced the entire text of the above bill with a Republican-designed proposal for veterans’ benefits, adding a provision, titled ‘Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2014,’ reproducing the text of an earlier piece of legislation designed to pressure on Iran. (See S. 1881 of 12/19/13 on for a full summary.) The amendment stalled in the Senate because majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV)—heeding the president’s warning—refused to schedule a vote on any sanctions-related measures for fear of undermining the ongoing diplomatic efforts.

Republican senators filibustered the bill after Reid refused to hold a vote on the amendment. Because the Democrats did not have enough support to end the filibuster, a final vote on this bill was delayed.

29 cosponsors (29D).

See also: S. 1881 of 12/19/13.

Last major action: Cloture motion to proceed to the measure invoked in Senate by yea/nay vote, 99–0.

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