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 17, 2015) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday that ground troops are needed to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which claimed credit for the deadly attacks in Paris last week.   McCain, the chairman of the Senate... Read more
Washington Report (November 10, 2015) Two Republican senators from Arizona have criticized the military for paying professional sports teams to put on patriotic displays using service members. In a report released last week called "Tackling Paid Patriotism," Sen. John McCain and Sen. John Flake... Read more
Washington Report (Nov. 3, 2015) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, said the role of the force might expand in Europe as tensions increase between Russia and Eastern Europe. Grass was speaking recently before the National Commission on the Future of the Army, which is... 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) Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., says Congress must overhaul a Department of Veterans Affairs program designed to give veterans the option of receiving medical care from private providers. In a speech on the Senate floor last week, Murray said the VA Choice program... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) The Defense Department's decision to place a for-profit university on probation has drawn fire from three Republican senators, who think the Pentagon acted unfairly when it restricted the school's access to bases and prevented new students from enrolling if they... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015)  Airmen getting ready to work on Capitol Hill visited NGAUS headquarters Wednesday to talk to staff and learn how the association can be a resource during their time in Washington, D.C.    The 20 airmen, including one Air National Guard member, are participating... Read more
Washington Report (October 20, 2015) Sixteen senators wrote to Army leadership Friday, asking for clarity on the Army's tactical wheeled vehicle strategy.   The note to John McHugh, the Army secretary, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, comes two months after the Army awarded Oshkosh... Read more
Washington Report (October 13, 2015) The chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army is "surprised and disappointed" by concerns from lawmakers over the conduct of the panel that is considering how the service can best meet future threats. Retired Gen. Carter Ham responded to a... Read more