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NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 5, 2013) Bills now or soon to be introduced in Congress address emergency-room reimbursement and dental care for veterans, as well as the permanent funding of death benefits in case of another government closure. The legislative efforts were reported in Army Times.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 29, 2013) Legislation that would grant veteran's status to all National Guard and Reserve retirees has passed its first major hurdle. The House on Oct. 28 passed the Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act, which gives all those with 20 years of service in the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 22, 2013) NGAUS supports legislation that would fully fund the Department of Veterans Affairs for an entire year. The Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013, which has been introduced in both the House and Senate, would allow all VA programs for veterans to... Read more
After a 16-day government shutdown and just before the U.S. was set to reach its borrowing limit, Congress cleared, and the president signed H.R. 2775, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, a measure to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. The law funds the government through January... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 15, 2013) Word in Washington, D.C., is that a deal is about to be struck that could end the government shutdown now in its 15th day. But National Guardsmen shouldn’t be packing their bags for a weekend drill just yet. Senators are reported to be close to agreeing on... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 8, 2013) Most National Guard dual-status technicians are back to work after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday that most Defense Department civilian workers furloughed by the government shutdown could return to work. Hagel said the decision came after... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 8, 2013) NGAUS members take seriously the partial shutdown of the federal government. They responded to two Legislative Alerts with more than 9,000 responses. An alert one week ago asked the Defense Department to exempt certain Guard employees from furloughs caused by... Read more
By Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. Congress and the president have an opportunity over the next two weeks to right a wrong enacted two years ago when they saddled the federal government with sequestration. Sequestration was their clumsy effort to reduce the nation’s deficit through automatic... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 4, 2013) NGAUS supports an effort by a bipartisan group of senators to find a way to pay National Guardsmen during the government shutdown. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark... Read more
(Oct. 2, 2013) National Guardsmen will not have weekend drills as long as the government shutdown continues, NGAUS has been told. The funding for inactive duty training is not available as long as the federal government remains partially inoperative. Some states anticipated the shutdown and moved... Read more

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