Congress

  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-present Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-... 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
Washington Report (October 4, 2016) A congressman is taking aim at military memorabilia collectors with legislation that would make selling the Purple Heart illegal. Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., a former Marine, introduced the bill last week and said, “These military collectors cheapen the Purple... Read more
(September 29, 2016) The Senate approved legislation today that would prevent some Air National Guard remotely piloted aircraft units from paying significantly higher lease payments at civilian airports. The bill, H.R. 5944, recognizes the RPA mission as aeronautical under the Federal Aviation... Read more

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