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Washington Report (September 20, 2016) The issue of veterans status for National Guard and Reserve retirees was included in a massive veterans bill that passed the House last week. The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act mainly addresses issues regarding accountability of... Read more
Washington Report (September 20, 2016) The House will vote tonight on legislation that would benefit Air National Guard units that fly remotely piloted aircraft from civilian airports. The bill sponsored by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., would... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Members of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus are pushing defense leaders in the House and Senate to support provisions of the defense bill affecting National Guardsmen in a variety of areas, from health care to mobilization to travel reimbursement and... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) The Senate has not approved funding the Pentagon says it needs to make the main entrance for its 26,000 employees less vulnerable to a terrorist attack. The House has approved the $12 million request in its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (August 16, 2016) The Air Force secretary wants the Senate and House to offer pilots a bonus of $48,000 for each year they choose to remain in the service. Bonus pay has been capped at $25,000 since 1999, according to a report in Air Force Times. The newspaper spoke with Secretary... Read more
WASHINGTON (July 20, 2016) — Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the president of the National Guard Association of the United States, released the following statement on the death today of Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, from cancer: "This is news that saddens all members of NGAUS, but particularly the... Read more
Washington Report (July 19, 2016) Lawmakers left town until September last week with the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the budget still far from complete. While both chambers have approved versions of the bills, they must be reconciled before being sent to the president for his... Read more
Washington Report (July 12, 2016) Veterans status is one of two important pieces of legislation that have hit a snag in Congress. Current law requires Guardsmen and Reservists to serve at least 179 days on federal active duty for other than training to be considered a veteran, regardless of how... Read more
Washington Report (July 12, 2016) The appropriations process came to a standstill in the Senate late Thursday as Democrats blocked a $574 billion defense spending bill from coming to the Senate floor. The Senate voted 50-44, short of the 60 required on the procedural vote. Sen. Joe Donnelly of... Read more
Washington Report (June 28, 2016) Supporters of military bands are pushing back against a House plan to limit where the bands can play, according to Military Times. The House version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act restricts performances to official events. The House also... Read more

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