Washington Report (July 26, 2016) Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, died last week at age 49 from cancer. He passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends. Takai, who was elected to Congress in 2014 after nearly 20 years as a state lawmaker, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than a year... Read more
Washington Report (July 19, 2016) Lawmakers left town until September last week with the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the budget still far from complete. While both chambers have approved versions of the bills, they must be reconciled before being sent to the president for his... Read more
Washington Report (July 12, 2016) Veterans status is one of two important pieces of legislation that have hit a snag in Congress. Current law requires Guardsmen and Reservists to serve at least 179 days on federal active duty for other than training to be considered a veteran, regardless of how... Read more
Washington Report (July 12, 2016) The appropriations process came to a standstill in the Senate late Thursday as Democrats blocked a $574 billion defense spending bill from coming to the Senate floor. The Senate voted 50-44, short of the 60 required on the procedural vote. Sen. Joe Donnelly of... Read more
Washington Report (June 28, 2016) Supporters of military bands are pushing back against a House plan to limit where the bands can play, according to Military Times. The House version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act restricts performances to official events. The House also... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) NGAUS is watching this week as senators may even work on Friday if that’s what it takes to finish the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act this week. Sen. Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, insists the bill will be finished this week. But a fight... Read more
Washington Report (May 10, 2016) The Air Force has made “limited progress” putting in place recommendations from a panel created by Congress to determine how the service should look to meet its mission requirements, according to the Government Accountability Office. Two years after the National... Read more
“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an... Read more
Washington Report (April 26, 2016) The Air National Guard is a winner in the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal 2017. The Army Guard has little to cheer about. The budget developed by the Defense Department is analyzed from a Guard perspective in the annual legislative issue of National Guard.... Read more
Washington Report (April 12, 2016) The Army’s response to the recommendations of the National Commission on the Future of the Army will be in the hands of Defense Secretary Ash Carter this week, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the service’s chief of staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “What we’ve... Read more