Congress

NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 26, 2013) A member of Congress has added his voice to those unhappy with the Pentagon’s decision to rank a new medal above those that can only be earned in combat. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., an Army veteran, has asked the Defense Department to reconsider the importance... Read more
Yesterday, Mary Catherine Ott ran down some of the cuts that could come to the Air Force and its components if the sequester goes into effect March 1. The National Guard Bureau has been hitting this theme all week with stories on its website and even a special "Sequestration: Across-the-Board Cuts... Read more
The Air Force for the past month, along with the other services, has been vocal on the devastating impact sequestration will have across the board. After testifying last week on the Hill, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh has continued to clarify and warn of what sequestration will do... Read more
The United States Senate defines a continuing resolution (CR) as “legislation in the form of a joint resolution enacted by Congress, when the new fiscal year is about to begin or has begun, to provide budget authority for Federal agencies and programs to continue in operation until the regular... Read more
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

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