Washington Report (March 17, 2015) As Congress gets serious about the nation's budget, some Republicans are calling for an end to the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, but others in the party are unlikely to agree. Some are devising ways to get around it. President Barack Obama's budget... Read more
Washington Report (March 17, 2015) Several bills have been introduced to help veterans receive health care, find jobs and reunite with their adult children. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced the Veterans Access to Extended Care Act Monday that would roll back... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) NGAUS has told senators with influence on defense issues that it supports much of what the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recommended, but also made clear its concerns. In a letter last week, retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett told... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) Legislation introduced recently in the House and Senate address issues of importance to military members, including National Guardsmen, from tax credits to business loans and Agent Orange. - The Military Reserve Small Business Jobs Act of 2015 introduced by Sen.... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) Top Air Force officers, including Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, spent last week talking about the service's close-air support mission, but focused on using F-15s and F-16s for the mission, not the A-10 Thunderbolt, which has long... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey March 4, 2015 The Air Force told Congress today it is either in the process of implementing or agrees with the principle behind almost all of the 42 recommendations made last year by the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. In a report to lawmakers, the Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) NGAUS supports additional choices for health care for National Guard members who are enrolled in TRICARE, but more information about costs is necessary before the association would feel comfortable eliminating TRICARE, the NGAUS president told senators last week.... Read more
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) The National Governors Association has told the president that state executives oppose the Army's plan to cut the size of the Army National Guard by 8,000 and remove all of its AH-64 Apache helicopters, calling the proposals found in the president's 2016 fiscal... Read more
Washington Report (February 24, 2015) Eighty men and women with expertise in national security have signed an open letter to House and Senate leaders to end the spending limits required by the Budget Control Act and adequately fund the military so it can address threats around the globe. Former... Read more
Washington Report (February 24, 2015) Veterans groups and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are defending Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, against claims that she inflated her service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ernst, a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard and a newly elected lawmaker, has... Read more