Congress

NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 12, 2013) Members of Congress in both chambers are planning to introduce legislation long supported by NGAUS that will give National Guardsmen proper credit toward retirement benefits. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., will join Rep. Tom... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 12, 2013) Two members of Congress elected in November who are officers of the National Guard addressed the National Guard Educational Foundation Legislative Workshop Monday in Washington, D.C. Click here to see photos on Flickr. Briefings delivered at the 2013... Read more
(Feb. 11, 2013) If Congress fails to act to stop sequestration and the government continues to operate under a continuing resolution, the readiness and capabilities of the National Guard will be significantly degraded, according to the National Guard Bureau. In a memorandum sent to adjutants... Read more
What is a Resolution? A resolution is a legislative idea that a member or state would like NGAUS to work on with Congress in the next legislative cycle. As a member-based organization, NGAUS annually solicits proposed resolutions from its membership aimed at enhancing the National Guard – its... Read more
Budget sequestration has been a major discussion topic in the defense community for some time. The Defense Department resisted even planning for sequestration for many months, but it now seems more and more likely that it will happen.  Cuts will affect the Guard. That much is certain. But what... Read more
Last week, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley published four opinion pieces on the future of the Air Force. Donley focused on three main areas: force structure, readiness and modernization. The theme: "We are smaller and likely to get even smaller at a time when our weapons are old and we... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 2, 2012) The deal reached by Congress Tuesday to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff delays for two months a decision on sequestration and could make its impact on the military worse than originally planned if it goes into effect. Army Times points out that a delay... Read more
As we close out another great year at NGAUS and wave goodbye to 2012, we look back on what we set out to accomplish for the National Guard this year and reflect on our victories.  In January, the NGAUS legislative staff developed the Top Priorities, our annual list of issues that would be leading... Read more
(Dec. 20, 2012) The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act which could pass Congress this week includes expanded space-available travel for the National Guard, but limits hikes to TRICARE fees below those requested by the Defense Department. Space-available travel on DoD aircraft will be open to... Read more
This week, House and Senate Armed Services Committee panels agreed to a $633.3 billion defense authorization bill, after a weeklong conference committee to resolve contentious policy divisions. The final authorization bill is expected to go to the House floor later this afternoon and considered... Read more

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