During voting on the general government bill, the House approved—on a 409-14 vote—an amendment to bar any action to “revise any policy or directive” related to veterans preference. That amounts to opposing two provisions in the Senate version of the DoD authorization bill: one would limit veterans preference for competitive service positions to only the person’s first federal job; the other would repeal a widely-used authority to waive the general policy against hiring military retirees into federal positions within 180 days of their retirement. The House in passing its own version of the defense bill, earlier than did the Senate, did not address veterans preference in any way. However, its vote signals it will oppose the Senate language during an upcoming conference on that bill—which will not result in a final decision until September at the earliest. The Obama administration did not oppose the Senate provisions in its comments on the defense bill.
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