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Schneider's legislation, called the Preparedness Before Parades Act, would prevent any military parades if they negatively affected the military's readiness, according to a news release.

"The best way to honor our men and women in uniform is by supplying the training, equipment, and support they need to succeed on the battlefield and get them back home safely," he said. "This bill ensures our military leaders are consulted and that any parades do not distract from their critical missions."

Cardin introduced partner legislation in the Senate and urged colleagues in a letter to oppose parades as well.

"Not only will this bill prevent grand-scale parades as a 'show of force,' but it would also limit the impact of national military parades will have on military readiness," his letter said.

Cardin said he offered a similar amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Bill but it was rejected.

"We have the best armed forces in the world. We don't need to flex our muscle to showcase our military hardware," Cardin said in a tweet.

 

--CQ Roll Call

Severe cases in flu epidemic continue to rise, health officials say

ATLANTA -- Despite hopes the nation would see the flu epidemic drop off by now, the number of severe cases only continues to increase, U.S. health officials said in a somber telephone conference Friday.

And they don't know when it will end.

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