House Defense Policy Bill Fixes Parental Leave Loopholes, Preserves Pentagon Collective Bargaining

Government Executive: A House panel advanced its version of the annual Defense policy bill late Wednesday night, which this year includes provisions fixing loopholes in the new federal employee paid parental leave law and restricting the Defense Department from acting on newfound authority to end collective bargaining for more than half a million federal workers.

The House Armed Services Committee voted 56-0 to send the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 6395) to the full chamber for consideration, following a 14-hour hearing. As an annual must-pass bill, the legislation is often used as a vehicle to enact policies affecting the entire federal workforce.

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