House of Representatives

Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congress easily passed last week legislation to create an identification card for all honorably discharged service members. Supporters say the bill, now awaiting the signature of the president, will allow veterans to quickly prove their honorable service if they... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Congress has a lot of work ahead of it following the Fourth of July recess, from high-profile Pentagon confirmations to defense spending bills. It has nondefense issues, like highway funding, to address, as well.   Topping the defense list is the fiscal 2016... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Retired Gen. Carter Ham, the chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, said the issues facing the service are complex, but that all concerned have the nation's best interest in mind.   Ham spoke to the newspaper in Killeen, Texas, ahead of the... Read more
Washington Report (June 30, 2015) The House of Representatives could vote this summer to curb abuse of the GI Bill by helicopter training programs across the country. The bill has been approved by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, according to The Los Angeles Times.   The legislation is HR... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., plans to introduce a bill today that would allow a member of the reserve component who dies in a training status to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery if they are killed alongside a member of the active component. His legislation... Read more
Washington Report (June 16, 2015) The family of a Louisiana Army National Guardsman killed during training earlier this year will be able to bury him at Arlington National Cemetery after all, John McHugh announced Friday. McHugh, the secretary of the Army, granted an exception to the policy that... Read more
Washington Report (June 16, 2015) The House passed a defense spending bill June 11 that has funds for several unique National Guard efforts, including border-security operations, the State Partnership Program (SPP), the Youth ChalleNGe Program and Counterdrug Program. The Senate is expected to take... Read more
Washington Report (June 9, 2015) Secretary of the Army John McHugh will leave his job in November, according to news reports. The former Republican lawmaker from New York was appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in September 2009. In the wake of the announcement Monday, Defense News... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) Military brass is cautiously supporting an overhaul of the military retirement system, versions of which are found in both the House and Senate National Defense Authorization Acts for fiscal 2016, according to a report this week from Military Times. Pentagon leaders... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) New National Guard heritage paintings have been erased from the Pentagon budget by the Senate Armed Services Committee and its chairman, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., according to a report in Roll Call, a publication that covers Capitol Hill. The committee's version of... Read more