Hawley Will Now Focus on Federal Budget to Get Payments For St. Louis-Area Radiation Victims

The federal defense bill is on its way to President Biden’s desk after the U.S. Senate passed it Wednesday and the House passed Thursday.

The bill includes a 5-point-2-percent pay increase for U.S. military members – their largest raise in more than two decades.

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley delayed passage of the bill and voted “no” because his amendment to include payments for radiation victims was cut out.

He says, though, he’ll now try to get his amendment added onto the federal budget:

Hawley says he’ll also look for any other bill to attach his amendment to that has a reasonable chance of moving forward in the U.S. Senate.