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Washington Report (August 25, 2015) Most people assume Congress will likely not pass a budget before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, but sources are telling Defense News that lawmakers are considering the "nearly unprecedented step" of operating for all of fiscal 2016 without a new budget.   If... Read more
Washington Report (August 25, 2015) Legislation that would allow GI Bill benefits to be used for small-business grants has drawn criticism from some veterans groups who believe it confuses the purpose of the program.   A bill sponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., advanced last month from the... Read more
Washington Report (August 18, 2015) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is asking the Department of Veterans Affairs why 35,000 veterans were prevented from signing up for health care.    The veterans, including many from the Iraq war, were victims of a... Read more
Washington Report (August 11, 2015) All veterans could receive health care from private providers and send the bill to the federal government under legislation introduced this month by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.    Called the Permanent VA Choice Card Act, the senator's bill does away with... Read more
Washington Report  (August 11, 2015) The Senate has a new caucus that will focus on issues related to veterans and military members, from reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs to sexual assault in the ranks. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Caucus was unveiled Monday, according to a report... Read more
Washington Report (August 11, 2015) As Gen. Ray Odierno prepares this week to end his tenure as the Army chief of staff and his military career of nearly 40 years, he told Army Times that he fears the service is being cut too deep for a dangerous world.   "If we get small enough where some of these... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 4, 2015) The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee unanimously passed the Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition (VET) Act of 2015 last week that would allow veterans to use their GI Bill benefits to start small businesses. As reported by The Hill, the bill... Read more
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) Congressional leaders say the House and Senate will not come to an agreement on the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act before members head back to their home states for August recess.    "We're going into September at this point," Rep. Adam Smith, D-... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) Gen. Mark A. Milley, who likely will be the next Army chief of staff, says he will eliminate the tension between the Army and the Army National Guard, which he says exists at the senior levels, but not in the field.   "I will work along with General Grass and... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) Governors, the Pentagon and Congress are taking steps to prevent another tragedy like the one last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., in which a gunman shot dead four Marines and a Navy petty officer. The gunman, who was killed by police, also fired shots at a recruiting... Read more

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