The NGAUS Blog

Commentary on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., at NGAUS, and around the globe that pertains to our members and the National Guard.

August 3, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Defense Appropriations, Senate
Appropriations Bill Status The 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 have worked out an agreement on a six-month Continuing Resolution (CR) to continue... Read Full Story
August 2, 2012 | Congress, Cyber Security
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 for the past week surrounded whether or not proposed legislation went to far in regulating... Read Full Story
July 31, 2012 | Air National Guard, Congress
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 “the bill provides over $800 million to comply with the Senate Armed Services Committee's... Read Full Story
July 30, 2012 | Congress, Defense Appropriations, funding, House of Representatives
The House has no plans to move forward this week on a catch-all spending bill to avert the government shutdown, sources confirmed today. Congress will instead leave town for a five-week recess without voting on a continuing resolution (CR) or even introducing it, sources said. “No CR this week,” one GOP aide said, adding that there is “zero chance” of text appearing this... Read Full Story
July 27, 2012 | Senate
National Guard Bureau press release:  Last night, the U.S. Senate confirmed Army Lt. Gen. Frank Grass to be the next chief of the National Guard Bureau and Air Force Maj. Gen. Joseph Lengyel to be vice chief. Grass, who also will be a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be promoted to four-star general and Lengyel will add his third star with his promotion to lieutenant general... Read Full Story