Congress

Washington Report (August 18, 2015) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is asking the Department of Veterans Affairs why 35,000 veterans were prevented from signing up for health care.    The veterans, including many from the Iraq war, were victims of a... Read more
Washington Report (August 11, 2015) All veterans could receive health care from private providers and send the bill to the federal government under legislation introduced this month by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.    Called the Permanent VA Choice Card Act, the senator's bill does away with... Read more
Washington Report  (August 11, 2015) The Senate has a new caucus that will focus on issues related to veterans and military members, from reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs to sexual assault in the ranks. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Caucus was unveiled Monday, according to a report... Read more
Washington Report (August 11, 2015) As Gen. Ray Odierno prepares this week to end his tenure as the Army chief of staff and his military career of nearly 40 years, he told Army Times that he fears the service is being cut too deep for a dangerous world.   "If we get small enough where some of these... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 4, 2015) President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday after the Senate passed legislation last week that gives veterans and their families more freedom when saving for health care. The legislation passed by a vote of 91-4. Previously, an individual with a high... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 4, 2015) The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee unanimously passed the Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition (VET) Act of 2015 last week that would allow veterans to use their GI Bill benefits to start small businesses. As reported by The Hill, the bill... Read more
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) A bill passed Monday by the House would improve access to Veterans Affairs benefits for members of the military who have been sexually assaulted.    According to the Associated Press, the law says a statement by a survivor of military sexual assault would "be... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) Gen. Mark A. Milley, who likely will be the next Army chief of staff, says he will eliminate the tension between the Army and the Army National Guard, which he says exists at the senior levels, but not in the field.   "I will work along with General Grass and... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congressional leaders say it's likely the House and Senate will not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress is headed towards a continuing resolution to keep spending at current levels at the start of fiscal 2016.    "I don't want to do... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congress easily passed last week legislation to create an identification card for all honorably discharged service members. Supporters say the bill, now awaiting the signature of the president, will allow veterans to quickly prove their honorable service if they... Read more

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