House of Representatives

Washington Report  (January 19, 2016) The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee hinted at a budget fight over defense after the president's budget is released next month. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said in a speech last week that the budget deal reached in October sets the wartime... Read more
Congress completed its work on the fiscal 2016 federal budget Friday and President Barack Obama signed the measure into law the same day. It provides funding for all government agencies, including the Defense Department, through Sept. 30, 2016.  The budget, which is for $1.1 trillion, includes $514... Read more
Washington Report (Dec. 15, 2015) Congress will have to pass one more continuing resolution before it reaches an agreement on a budget for next year and leaves town for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Politico reports that the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, which rolls up all 12 appropriations... Read more
Washington Report (December 8, 2015) It was a bustling morning today at the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C., with more than 200 corporate partners at NGAUS headquarters for the association's 19th annual Industry Day. Click here to view presentation slides.   Attendees mingled for... Read more
Washington Report (December 1, 2015) The Pentagon would send more troops to Syria if the initial commitment of 50 special operations troops shows promise. USA Today reported Monday on comments from a senior defense official.   According to the official, who could not be named, if the troops sent to... Read more
Washington Report (December 1, 2015) Despite becoming a laughingstock in October when one of its radar-laden blimps broke free and landed 150 miles away after knocking out power to thousands, the missile defense system designed to protect the nation's capital will likely continue to receive funding... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) All retired National Guardsmen will likely soon be able to legally call themselves veterans.    The Senate passed legislation last week that would grant veteran status to any Guardsman or Reservist who has served 20 years. The House approved a similar provision... Read more
Washington Report (November 6, 2015) It's not possible for a blimp nearly as long as a football field to break free from a military base and float more than 100 miles before crashing in a neighboring state without Congress taking notice. And leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) The White House and leaders in Congress seem to have reached a two-year budget deal that would increase military spending and end the threat of a government shutdown. The House is expected to take up the measure Wednesday and the Senate will vote after that.  ... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) GOP lawmakers were wrong when they said President Barack Obama's veto of the fiscal 2016 defense policy bill last week would hold up pay raises for service members next year. The National Defense Authorization Act does not address military pay, Army Times... Read more

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