Legislation

Sometimes you see a picture like this, and it just melts your heart. And this is probably the only time you'll see a Black Hawk helicopter look this adorable, so we had to share. It's rare to find the words "I'm Cute And Loving It" anywhere near a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. This hilarious moment... Read more
Today, Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) introduced the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (S. 3228), which would require "the President to provide a report detailing the sequester required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on January 2, 2013." Similar legislation was... Read more
Last night, the Senate Armed Services Committee published the finalized bill and committee language for the FY13 National Defense Authorization (NDAA). As we discussed last Wednesday, the bill includes a lot of great things for the Guard. However, after further reviewing the committee language, it... Read more
A once partisan amendment known for it's continual failure and opposed by the National Guard Association of the United States has recently passed the House Defense Appropriations Committee. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) convinced Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) to join her effort this year to restrict the... Read more
Coming back from a warm and sunny holiday weekend, the NGAUS legislative team was ready for action. On Tuesday, we came back fresh off a long and beautiful holiday weekend, celebrating all those service members who bravely served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. With the Senate in... Read more
For members of the National Guard, who are sometimes called on to respond to domestic disasters or deploy overseas, it's critical that they know and understand their reemployment rights once they return from duty. Two girls welcome their dad, a member New Jersey National Guard 119th Combat Service... Read more
In a closed door session late last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee marked up their version of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Since it was closed and staffers are typically very tight-lipped about the details until the actual bill emerges, which by the way can take... Read more
Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! We've been over the moon at the great response we've had for our blog with over 2,100 views to date! That's amazing! If you enjoy our stuff, we want you to share us with your Guard family and friends! We post our weekly wrap-ups on our Facebook, so it's... Read more
It's certainly been a busy week of ups and downs. Thankfully, mostly ups! What we've been up to.... On Monday, we discussed the DoD's latest move to relegate the Guard to second-class citizenship when they adamantly opposed an amendment offered to the House's National Defense Authorization Act (... Read more
It's with heavy hearts that we write that it's one of our very dear colleague's last day here at NGAUS.  Kevin McColaugh, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager for Army Programs, has been with NGAUS  for 3 years and has worked tirelessly for the National Guard for over 5 years. He leaves us to join... Read more

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