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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 14, 2017) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said National Guardsmen have shown the nation during the war on terrorism that they are the equal of active-component members. “There is literally no difference,” he said Monday during an interview with National Guard, the monthly... 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 (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 28, 2017) Legislation was to be introduced today by five Democratic senators that would address several issues for National Guard and Reserve members, including a disparity between components regarding education benefits. Legislative Alert: Write to Congress...Take... 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 7, 2017) Legislation introduced Monday by several senators from both parties affirms the cybersecurity abilities found in the National Guard. The DOD Emergency Response Capabilities Database Enhancement Act of 2017 would require the Defense Department to track the cyber... Read more
Washington Report (January 17, 2017) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has proposed an increase of $430 billion for the defense budget over the next five years. His plan is included in a paper called “Restoring American Power” and will be released this... Read more
Washington Report (January 17, 2017) Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will speak at the annual NGAUS Legislative Workshop Feb. 14 at the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C. Also scheduled to address the gathering is Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the vice... Read more

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