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Klobuchar co-introduces bill to double child care leave for military veterans

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., reintroduced the Newborn Care Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation that would double the number of days from seven to 14 that veterans receive to care for their newborns.

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U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., reintroduced the Newborn Care Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation that would double the number of days from seven to 14 that veterans receive to care for their newborns.

Currently, a veteran must find outside health care for their child within seven days of birth or the baby will not have health insurance.

"Our brave service members and their families sacrifice so much for our country when they enlist, and it's our duty to support them when they return home," Klobuchar stated in a news release. "Our bipartisan legislation will help provide men and women in the military with the resources they need to start a happy, healthy family."

"The brave men and women who served in our military deserve the best healthcare for them and their families," Tillis stated in the release. "This bipartisan legislation justly increases the number of days veterans receive care for their newborns so families can have adequate time to find health care for their children."

According to the release, Klobuchar and Tillis have led Senate efforts to support the troops when they return home and improve health care for the nation's service members and veterans. In September, provisions based on their Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act were included in the Senate and House-passed Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. The bipartisan legislation will create a Center of Excellence in the Department of Veterans Affairs focused on researching the health effects associated with burn pits and treating veterans who become sick after exposure.

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In March, Tillis and Klobuchar introduced the Savings for Servicemembers Act aimed at reducing the travel minimum to 50 miles, which would align the treatment of National Guard and Reservists with federal workers who have a 50-mile minimum for travel compensation, and reduce the cost of service to those in the Guard and Reserves.

Every month, members of the National Guard travel to complete their required duty training and typically pay for travel out of their own pocket. Currently members can only claim their mileage and other travel expenses on their taxes if they travel over 100 miles from their residence for training or if travel expenses exceed 2 percent of a soldier's adjusted gross income.

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