House of Representatives

Washington Report (February 14, 2017) Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Rep. Steve Palazzo, R-Miss., spoke this morning to the NGAUS Legislative Workshop that brought about 65 legislative liaisons, congressional contact officers and executive directors of state National Guard associations to the NGAUS... Read more
Washington Report (February 14, 2017) Democrats in the House are lining up behind a bill that would exempt veterans from the federal government hiring freeze put in place when President Donald Trump signed an executive order less than one week after taking office. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.,... Read more
(January 3, 2017) The 115th Congress was seated today. The entire House and 34 senators were sworn in at noon. The Republican Party has a majority in both chambers and has set a busy agenda for itself, including repeal of the Affordable Care Act and addressing issues with Social Security and... Read more
Washington Report (December 13, 2016) All retired National Guardsmen and Reservists are now only a presidential signature away from finally being recognized as veterans. Congress approved legislation last week that would expand the legal definition of a veteran to include Guardsmen and Reservists... Read more
Washington Report (December 13, 2016) President Barack Obama now has the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act which he has threatened to veto because it increased military spending by $3.2 billion without an equal increase in nonmilitary spending. Ninety-two members of the Senate approved... Read more
Washington Report (December 13, 2016) The president signed a continuing resolution passed last week by Congress that will keep the government open through April 28. Without the action, the government would have run out of money Friday. The continuing resolution, or CR, basically maintains the... Read more
Washington Report (December 6, 2016) The House and Senate are both scrambling to finish the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act before their desired adjournment Friday (Dec. 9). The two chambers compromised on several issues that had prevented earlier completion of work on the voluminous... Read more
Washington Report (December 6, 2016) The Pentagon has kept quiet about an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post. The newspaper reported that senior defense officials... Read more
  House Rep. Ralph Abraham (HASC member), R-La. (5th), 2nd term Mississippi Army National Guard, 1986-1989 Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas (36th), 2nd term Texas Air National Guard, 1969-1975 Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich. (1st), 1st term Rhode Island Army National Guard, 1975-1978 Rep. Jim Bridenstine (HASC... Read more
Washington Report (November 15, 2016) A retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel and combat veteran has won a seat in the Senate.   Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who is her second term in the House of Representatives and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, defeated Sen. Mark Kirk... Read more

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