Congress

Washington Report (November 29, 2016) The lame-duck session of Congress that many thought would be contentious and extend up to the holidays now looks like it will be brief and drama free. Of most interest to the military is the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, the voluminous defense... Read more
Washington Report (November 29, 2016) As Congress works to finalize a budget extension, House Appropriations officials confirmed to Military Times that they are drafting continuing-resolution legislation that would include a pay raise for troops in January. However, the amount is undecided. ... Read more
115th Congress begins in 2017   House Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas (36th), 2nd term Texas Air National Guard, 1969-1975 Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich. (1st), 1st term Rhode Island Army National Guard, 1975-1978 Rep. Jim Bridenstine (HASC member), R-Okla. (1st), 3rd term Oklahoma Air National Guard, 2015-... Read more
Washington Report (November 15, 2016) A retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel and combat veteran has won a seat in the Senate.   Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who is her second term in the House of Representatives and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, defeated Sen. Mark Kirk... Read more
Washington Report (November 15, 2016) Congress has returned to Washington, D.C., to a full plate of work. The biggest task is agreeing on a budget. Lawmakers passed a continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown as fiscal 2016 ended Sept. 30. The short-term spending bill expires Dec. 9... Read more
Washington Report (November 8, 2016) With Americans going to the polls today, Military Times has identified four races which could have an impact on defense issues when the 115th Congress is seated next year. NGAUS makes no endorsements in political races. Missouri Senate: Republican Sen. Roy Blunt... Read more
Washington Report (November 1, 2016) Twenty of the 22 former or current National Guard members now serving in the House of Representatives will be on ballots across the nation next week, with one, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., seeking a seat in the Senate. The others are hoping to keep their places... Read more
(October 26, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a temporary halt to the controversial effort to recoup re-enlistment bonuses that were improperly paid to thousands of California National Guard members. His decision today ends for now what has become a hot potato for the Pentagon, the... Read more
Washington Report (October 25, 2016) Everybody seems to be weighing in on the effort by the Pentagon to recoup re-enlistment bonuses improperly paid to thousands of California Guardsmen 10 years ago when the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were raging. Soldiers are being asked to repay bonuses of $15,... Read more
Washington Report (October 18, 2016) A retired Marine general says in his new book that adding more to Congress likely would break the gridlock that prevents anything from getting done. “I really do believe that,” retired Maj. Gen. Arnold L. Punaro told DoD Buzz, an online journal that covers... Read more

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