Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Members of a congressional panel tasked with looking at military pay and compensation said Nov. 18 the current system does not meet the needs of today's all-volunteer force.    Three Republican commissioners on the Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) All retired National Guardsmen will likely soon be able to legally call themselves veterans.    The Senate passed legislation last week that would grant veteran status to any Guardsman or Reservist who has served 20 years. The House approved a similar provision... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday that ground troops are needed to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which claimed credit for the deadly attacks in Paris last week.   McCain, the chairman of the Senate... Read more
Washington Report (November 10, 2015) Two Republican senators from Arizona have criticized the military for paying professional sports teams to put on patriotic displays using service members. In a report released last week called "Tackling Paid Patriotism," Sen. John McCain and Sen. John Flake... Read more
Washington Report (Nov. 3, 2015) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, said the role of the force might expand in Europe as tensions increase between Russia and Eastern Europe. Grass was speaking recently before the National Commission on the Future of the Army, which is... Read more
Washington Report (Nov. 3, 2015) Forty-seven senators from both sides of the aisle have reminded the National Commission on the Future of the Army of the important role played by the reserve components and want commissioners to consider that role as they prepare their report for Congress and the... Read more
Washington Report (November 6, 2015) It's not possible for a blimp nearly as long as a football field to break free from a military base and float more than 100 miles before crashing in a neighboring state without Congress taking notice. And leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) The White House and leaders in Congress seem to have reached a two-year budget deal that would increase military spending and end the threat of a government shutdown. The House is expected to take up the measure Wednesday and the Senate will vote after that.  ... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) GOP lawmakers were wrong when they said President Barack Obama's veto of the fiscal 2016 defense policy bill last week would hold up pay raises for service members next year. The National Defense Authorization Act does not address military pay, Army Times... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., says Congress must overhaul a Department of Veterans Affairs program designed to give veterans the option of receiving medical care from private providers. In a speech on the Senate floor last week, Murray said the VA Choice program... Read more