Washington Report (February 28, 2017) Democrats and Republicans have problems with President Donald Trump’s first proposed defense budget. Some Republicans think the hike of $54 billion above legislated spending caps to $603 billion for the base budget is not enough, while Democrats recoil at... Read more
Washington Report (January 31, 2017) Lawmakers and veterans groups are seeking exemptions to the 90-day travel ban instituted Friday for Iraqis who worked for the U.S. military or fought alongside American troops. The Pentagon is compiling a list of Iraqi citizens who deserve special consideration... Read more
Washington Report (January 31, 2017) Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, wants Congress to consider getting rid of excess military infrastructure. He introduced legislation Thursday that would create another Base Realignment and Closure Commission. “We... Read more
Washington Report (January 17, 2017) Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will speak at the annual NGAUS Legislative Workshop Feb. 14 at the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C. Also scheduled to address the gathering is Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the vice... Read more
Washington Report (January 10, 2017) Plans for the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump in a little over a week are being finalized. Anyone coming to the nation’s capital to view the swearing in of the nation’s 45th president should know that tickets are not necessary to watch him take... Read more
(January 3, 2017) The 115th Congress was seated today. The entire House and 34 senators were sworn in at noon. The Republican Party has a majority in both chambers and has set a busy agenda for itself, including repeal of the Affordable Care Act and addressing issues with Social Security and... Read more
Washington Report (December 20, 2016) National Guard Bureau and Pentagon leaders, industry partners, congressional staff and citizen-soldiers and airmen helped celebrate the National Guard’s 380th birthday Wednesday on Capitol Hill. The event was hosted by the National Guard Educational Foundation... Read more
Washington Report (December 13, 2016) The president signed a continuing resolution passed last week by Congress that will keep the government open through April 28. Without the action, the government would have run out of money Friday. The continuing resolution, or CR, basically maintains the... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2016) — All retired National Guardsmen and Reservists are now only a presidential signature away from finally being recognized as veterans. Congress approved legislation late last week that expands the legal definition of a veteran to include Guardsmen and Reservists that... Read more
Washington Report (December 6, 2016) The House and Senate are both scrambling to finish the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act before their desired adjournment Friday (Dec. 9). The two chambers compromised on several issues that had prevented earlier completion of work on the voluminous... Read more