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Posted at 3 p.m. on July 18, 2014
Senate appropriators this week approved their version of a fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill. While the measure includes Pentagon health program spending, the bill also focuses lawmakers’ attention on specific health concerns for military personnel. The Defense Subcommittee chief, Illinois Democrat Richard J. Durbin, urged the Pentagon to implement a provision that would eliminate military commissary discounts on cigarettes, in a effort to reduce tobacco-related illnesses.
Separately, Tim Starks over at CQ Roll Call’s Five By Five national security blog notes commentary in the Senate committee report on the bill about concerns of unique illnesses, such as epilepsy and hydrocephalus, caused by traumatic brain injuries or environmental conditions in combat.