Congress

Washington Report (September 27, 2016) With the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of the week, the NGAUS legislative staff expects Congress to pass some sort of bill to keep the government running, but there are still discrepancies that need to be worked out in the Senate. The Senate... Read more
Washington Report (September 20, 2016) A report from the Congressional Research Service has uncovered what military planners already know: A continuing resolution causes frustration and puts readiness at risk, according to a report in Politico, a publication that covers Capitol Hill. The study... Read more
Washington Report (September 12, 2016) Attendees at the 138th General Conference &Exhibition in Baltimore heard from a distinguished parade of speakers even before a presidential candidate arrived. Here are some of the speakers and brief descriptions of their messages: Air Force Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Members of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus are pushing defense leaders in the House and Senate to support provisions of the defense bill affecting National Guardsmen in a variety of areas, from health care to mobilization to travel reimbursement and... Read more
Washington Report (August 2, 2016) Legislation now being negotiated by the House and Senate armed services committees would reduce a divorced spouse’s share of military retirement pay. The amendment to the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act would base a divorced spouse’s share of... Read more
Washington Report (July 26, 2016) Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, died last week at age 49 from cancer. He passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends. Takai, who was elected to Congress in 2014 after nearly 20 years as a state lawmaker, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than a year... Read more
Washington Report (July 19, 2016) Lawmakers left town until September last week with the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the budget still far from complete. While both chambers have approved versions of the bills, they must be reconciled before being sent to the president for his... Read more
Washington Report (July 12, 2016) Veterans status is one of two important pieces of legislation that have hit a snag in Congress. Current law requires Guardsmen and Reservists to serve at least 179 days on federal active duty for other than training to be considered a veteran, regardless of how... Read more
Washington Report (July 12, 2016) The appropriations process came to a standstill in the Senate late Thursday as Democrats blocked a $574 billion defense spending bill from coming to the Senate floor. The Senate voted 50-44, short of the 60 required on the procedural vote. Sen. Joe Donnelly of... Read more
Washington Report (June 28, 2016) Supporters of military bands are pushing back against a House plan to limit where the bands can play, according to Military Times. The House version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act restricts performances to official events. The House also... Read more

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