Congress

NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 13, 2012) Voters last week added five more current or recently retired National Guardsmen to the U.S. House of Representatives. The five include the first two female combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan to serve in Congress: Capt. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Lt... Read more
Via Congressional Budget Office: Under current law, a sharp reduction in the federal budget deficit between 2012 and 2013 will cause the economy to contract, the Congressional Budget Off ice projects, but will also put federal debt on a path more likely to be sustainable over time. To illustrate... Read more
Today is the day. Have you voted yet? After months of campaigning, fund raising, debates and partisan rhetoric, the day has finally arrived - the citizens of the United States will elect their next president. Feel free to check out the New York Times and Politico for a presidential election... Read more
One of our top priorities this year has been placing a moratorium on the divestment of the C-23 Sherpa from the Army National Guard. In 2010, a memo from the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology directed the Army to divest the C-23 aircraft no later than... Read more
Influential staffers on key defense related committees are reaching out to congressional members in order to open a dialogue on how to proceed on this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. As one of the key pieces of legislation to be put forth after the elections, Senate leaders have been... Read more
Last week the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) circulate a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies to clarify issues raised by the potential impact of sequestration as set forth by last year's Budget Control Act. In the memo, OMB stated it would be holding discussion on issues... Read more
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

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