Congress

Via Army Times: The Senate was unable to pass the bill that would provide a cost-of-living adjustment in veterans’ compensation before Congress left town on Sept. 22 for a six-week pre-election break, raising the possibility that the payment increases could be late. The postponed bill would provide... Read more
Six Republican and Democratic Senators are urging Congress to avert drastic spending cuts to defense and domestic programs beginning on January 2nd 2013. This sequester, set forth by the Budget Control Act of 2011, could have a "devastating impact." Last week, Defense lawmakers Senators Carl Levin... Read more
As the hours tick away on Friday afternoon, the Senate looks to move towards a final vote on the Continuing Resolution (H.J. 117) by 1am on Sunday morning at the latest. Thus far, the six-month stop gap measure had been held up by two separate pieces of legislation. As reported yesterday, one piece... Read more
Clock Ticks Down on Passage of Continuing Resolution in the Senate Buck McKeon (R-CA), HASC committee members questioned the panel at length on the impact sequestration will have on personnel. Of major concern will be the impact on the civilian personnel work force who are not protected from cuts... Read more
Via NGAUS Washington Report (Sept. 18, 2012) Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, who has served as the adjutant general of Missouri for nearly four years, was elected NGAUS chairman of the board during the 134th General Conference and Exhibition last week in Reno, Nev. “I’m honored and humbled by the... Read more
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Via NGAUS Press Release: WASHINGTON (Sept. 6, 2012) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president, will address nearly 4,000 Guard officers and their guests on Sept. 11 at 11:15 a.m. during the 134th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference... Read more
Sequester seems to be the only thing people are talking about these days in the defense community, and with good reason. As we reported in an earlier post, congressional leaders announced earlier this month that they will most likely move to a “clean” stop gap spending measure through a six-month... Read more
Last year, Congress included a bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Senators Blunt (R-MO) and Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), in the National Defense Authorization Act to protect members of the National Guard under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. This... Read more
A pro-defense think tank has issued a new report that shows by congressional district the impact on local businesses of the potential $500 billion in across-the-board budget cuts looming in January. The report does not include any assumptions about potential military or civilian personnel... Read more

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