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Washington Report (May 12, 2015) The National Governors Association is asking Congress to wait for the results of an Army force structure study before approving legislation that would shrink the size of the Army National Guard and take away its AH-64 Apache helicopters. A statement from the NGA was... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) It was nearly dawn Thursday when the House Armed Services Committee voted 60-2 to approve the committee's version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The full House should take up the bill next week, about the same time the Senate Armed Services... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) While Congress is on a course for a historic overhaul of the military retirement system, the man who wields the veto pen in the White House has his doubts. President Barack Obama told Congress in a letter last week that the 15 recommendations made by the Military... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) Retired Col. Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, met Monday with Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and representatives from other organizations to push the lawmaker's "Servicemember and Veteran Mental Health Care Package," a trio of bills that would improve access... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) The chief of the National Guard Bureau sounded a warning about the impact of sequestration on the National Guard in testimony to a Senate subcommittee last week. "I am concerned that under sequestration, the nation will have its smallest National Guard since the end... Read more
Washington Report (April 28, 2015) The House Armed Services Committee will spend much of Wednesday—and probably a few early hours of Thursday—compiling its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The final proposal will include the panel's collective view on the Air Force's... Read more
Washington Report (April 28, 2015) Under an amendment to be introduced Wednesday, Congress would have 60 days to consider a commission's recommendation regarding the Army's plan to remove all AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard. The amendment to the fiscal 2016 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) NGAUS and four other organizations that together represent 3 million service members and veterans have asked the House and Senate committees on armed services to make major changes to the military retirement system. The groups signed a letter asking the lawmakers... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) As the House Armed Services Committee begins work in earnest this week on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, a news report says the influential committee chairman may not consider reforms to the military retirement system. The committee and its... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) Lawmakers last week did what they have not been able to do for more than 17 years. They approved a plan to prevent a large cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare and TRICARE patients. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law Thursday. The law repairs... Read more

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