House of Representatives

Washington Report (March 21, 2017) The Senate has joined the House by introducing legislation addressing inequalities in benefits for reserve-component members who deploy under the mobilization authority known as 12304b. Under 12304b, National Guard and Reserve members are ineligible for the health... Read more
Washington Report (March 21, 2017) Republicans say legislation passed by the House last week protects the rights of veterans to own guns. Democrats and other critics say it puts those veterans in danger. The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., the chairman of... Read more
Washington Report (March 7, 2017) Rep. Steve Palazzo, R-Miss., and Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., are introducing today the Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act. The bill addresses unequal compensation for reserve-component members who deploy under the 12304b mobilization authority. Under that authority... Read more
Washington Report (March 7, 2017) Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, will testify Thursday before a joint hearing of the veterans’ affairs committees of the House and Senate. Written Testimony Hargett will address three issues of interest to Guardsmen that fall under the... Read more
Washington Report (March 7, 2017) Four men with legislative and military experience have been identified as possible candidates for the vacant Army secretary position. Army Times says they are former Rep. Chris Gibson of New York, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, former Rep. Duncan D. Hunter of... Read more
Washington Report (February 28, 2017) Democrats and Republicans have problems with President Donald Trump’s first proposed defense budget. Some Republicans think the hike of $54 billion above legislated spending caps to $603 billion for the base budget is not enough, while Democrats recoil at... Read more
Washington Report (February 14, 2017) Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Rep. Steve Palazzo, R-Miss., spoke this morning to the NGAUS Legislative Workshop that brought about 65 legislative liaisons, congressional contact officers and executive directors of state National Guard associations to the NGAUS... Read more
Washington Report (February 14, 2017) Democrats in the House are lining up behind a bill that would exempt veterans from the federal government hiring freeze put in place when President Donald Trump signed an executive order less than one week after taking office. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.,... Read more
(January 3, 2017) The 115th Congress was seated today. The entire House and 34 senators were sworn in at noon. The Republican Party has a majority in both chambers and has set a busy agenda for itself, including repeal of the Affordable Care Act and addressing issues with Social Security and... Read more
Washington Report (December 13, 2016) All retired National Guardsmen and Reservists are now only a presidential signature away from finally being recognized as veterans. Congress approved legislation last week that would expand the legal definition of a veteran to include Guardsmen and Reservists... Read more