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Political Watch 5/29/14

• In an effort to expand employment opportunities for young people and veterans, the Department of the Interior announced on May 22 that $6.7 million in grants would be allocated to support conservation employment and mentoring opportunities for 43 projects on public lands across the country. A press release on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website said it’s a 60 percent increase in funding over last year. The grants will provide jobs for more than 620 youth on public lands, as well as fund materials, transportation, and other related supplies. The projects will also support an estimated 1,550 volunteers working on public lands. “We have a shared responsibility to protect and promote public lands that belong to all Americans,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in the release. “The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps is built through strong public-private partnerships that not only provide employment opportunities to young adults, but also provide powerful connections to nature that will last a lifetime.” The 43 projects include Pinnacles National Park, where youth will help with recovery of the condor.

• The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on May 22, authored by U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara). The amendment would make breastfeeding supplies and counseling available to military family members covered under the federal TRICARE insurance program. The amendment is based on the TRICARE Moms Improvement Act introduced by Capps in April. “This common-sense amendment will ensure that our military moms can access the supports they need to provide their babies with a healthy start at life,” Capps said in a press release. “While civilian families now have access to breastfeeding support if they need it, our military families were left out.” The press release said that while most private health-care insurance under the Affordable Care Act must make breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling available during pregnancy and the postpartum period, TRICARE was not included in that requirement. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate. 

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