Legislation authored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, that is aimed at preventing military suicides is being included in Congress' annual defense bill.
This is the senator's second attempt to pass legislation addressing the problem that’s killing hundreds of service members each year.
A bill is currently in the Senate that would require all child care staff in facilities that accept block grant vouchers to undergo a criminal background check.
The proposed veterans bill is considered the most comprehensive in recent years.
The bill gives the federal government to remove from national cemeteries the bodies of veterans who have committed capital crimes.
The bill would create a tiered system for hiring federal employees that rewards National Guard members for their service even if they haven't deployed overseas.
While Sen. Dan Coats supports the legislation that came out of the House of Representatives, Sen. Joe Donnelly does not think it will pass the Senate.
Senator Joe Donnelly emphasized the importance of passing a long-term farm bill that provides help to the agriculture community while reducing the deficit.