Legislation

Broken Reserve System Needs To Be Fixed By Gus L. Hargett, Jr., president, National Guard AssociationOriginally appeared in The Hill's Congress Blog on 8/17/2012 Now is the time to merge the National Guard and the Reserve into one force because, despite a claim in an earlier Congress blog, the... Read more
Severe cuts to the military that may come as a result of sequestration next year may adversely impact the National Guard, and by extension, domestic security, former Pentagon leaders said. Paul McHale, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who also served as assistant secretary of... Read more
Imagine if there was a nuclear attack in the United State today. Who would be there to respond, to help save lives? Local and state authorities, as well as first responders, would no doubt be overwhelmed. The National Guard inevitably would be called out in support missions, and if the damage was... Read more
Congressional leaders may want a “clean” stop gap spending measure, but lawmakers already are showing they have different ideas of what makes a bill clean. Leaders likely will wait until September to decide what, if any, additions or changes will be permitted to the six-month continuing resolution... Read more
General Mark Welsh, the Air Force’s 20th Chief of Staff, introduced himself to the nation's airmen and women on Friday in his first official letterafter being sworn in by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley. NGAUS applauded the Senate for confirming Gen. Walsh to be the next Air Force Chief... Read more
In case you missed it, the Air National Guard was featured in a great piece last night on CBS Evening News that discusses how the Air National Guard has significantly improved its recruiting numbers by participating in national Air Shows and showing off rock star Air Guard pilots performing dynamic... Read more
In June, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced S. 3441, the Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act of 2012, which would transfer C-27J aircraft from the Air National Guard to the Forest Service. Last week, Representative Ken Calvert (R-Calf.) introduced a companion bill in the House, H.R.... Read more
Appropriations Bill StatusThe House completed work on their version of the bill on July 19, however, Senate leaders have acknowledged they will likely be unable to complete work on FY13 spending measures until after the November elections.  As a result, House and Senate leaders announced that they... Read more
Cyber Security The Senate failed to advance legislation today aimed at protecting American computer networks from cyber attacks (S.3414). A cloture vote, which would end debate on the bill, fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward towards a final vote. Much of the debate on the floor... Read more
After months of waiting, the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee (SAC-D) finally approved by voice vote their Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) as well as legislation passed in the House, in terms of the National Guard. In his opening statement, Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) stated “... Read more

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