House of Representatives

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
Washington Report (June 21, 2016) While the House and Senate work to create one defense policy bill from two, NGAUS will monitor discussions and push lawmakers to include provisions beneficial to the National Guard. Both chambers have passed their versions of the fiscal 2017 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (June 21, 2016) Four senators expressed their support last week for the National Guard’s State Partnership Program by organizing an event on Capitol Hill to showcase the 23-year old program. “With limited resources, the question is, ‘Is it worth it?’” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S... Read more
Washington Report (June 14, 2016) In a written editorial, Rep. Martha McSally, R- Ariz., explains how the Air Force must conduct a "fly-off" between the A-10 and the F-35 to determine if the newest fighter can replace the old warhorse. The House version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) NGAUS is watching this week as senators may even work on Friday if that’s what it takes to finish the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act this week. Sen. Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, insists the bill will be finished this week. But a fight... Read more
Washington Report (May 24, 2016) The Government Accountability Office would study the cost and size of military bands under the defense authorization bill passed last week by the House. The study could lead to moving some positions now held by clarinet players to combat roles. The same legislation... Read more
Washington Report (May 24, 2016) Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, has ended his plans to seek re-election after learning that the cancer he has battled since last fall has spread. In a statement last week, Takai, a member of the Hawaii National Guard and NGAUS, said he will serve out the remainder of his... Read more
“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an... Read more