Legislation

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
Here at NGAUS, we love analyzing things. I guess you could call us "left-brainers". As we mentioned in our very first blog post, our job is to help you understand what's going on in the National Guard and in Congress in simple, understandable ways. We pore through a lot of bills and legislative... Read more
An amendment offered to the House FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), and Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) to extend full Space Available (Space-A) benefits to members of the National Guard and their dependents was blocked by... Read more
Today marked the, somewhat epic, conclusion of the House National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 4310). Over the past few weeks, the NGAUS legislative team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the voices of the the men and women of the National Guard were heard. We are please to say, we... Read more

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