NGAUS formed in 1878 with one goal in mind – work with Congress to better equip the militia. Today, our mission remains the same. But our role has expanded and evolved as the Guard has grown from a hometown militia to an operational reserve that serves as a homeland force and in overseas operations. As one of the largest military lobbying organizations, we work to transform our members' ideas into legislative action and provide states and our members unified representation before members of Congress and their staff on the association’s legislative priorities.
Legislative Agenda Starts With the States
NGAUS doesn’t sit in Washington, D.C. and decide what’s important for the National Guard. We listen to our members. Our lobbying efforts begin with an annual resolutions process that originates with our state associations. Delegates to the annual NGAUS General Conference debate and approve resolutions, which NGAUS prioritizes for the next congressional cycle. The Legislative Priorities are a blueprint for NGAUS initiatives and member action.
NGAUS Petitions Congress
The NGAUS legislative department, which is the lobbying branch of the association, presents the association’s legislative priorities directly to members of Congress and their staff. NGAUS staff works with stakeholders, including the National Guard Bureau (NGB), state associations, the Adjutants General Association of the United States (AGAUS), the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) and industry representatives to unite support around common goals.
Legislative Alerts Highlight Timely Issues Requiring Action
When issues of importance to the National Guard heat up on Capitol Hill, NGAUS sends out Legislative Alerts with details about the issue at hand and actions you can take, such as contacting your members of Congress to provide input and support on legislation under consideration.
NGAUS Provides Tools for Grassroots Advocacy
Each Legislative Alert contains a sample letter that you can send to your Congressional representatives or customize as you like using our Write to Congress feature, which also allows NGAUS to track the number of letters submitted from each state. The top five states with the most letters submitted are recognized weekly in Washington Report, our weekly e-newsletter.
Member Action Strengthens Our Voice
Because NGAUS members are located in over 3,200 communities across the U.S. and in every Congressional district, NGAUS speaks with a unified voice to Congress and has the influence of a major voting bloc. NGAUS’s team of professionals knows the legislative process, the key players and how to ensure the voice of the National Guard is heard – but we are most successful when our members are engaged and active on the issues.
NGAUS makes it easy for you to stay informed and jump into action when needed to contact your representatives on Capitol Hill. Together we can be successful in lobbying for modernized equipment, increased readiness and improved benefits.