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Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Members of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus are pushing defense leaders in the House and Senate to support provisions of the defense bill affecting National Guardsmen in a variety of areas, from health care to mobilization to travel reimbursement and... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Two senators have asked the defense secretary to clarify how the Defense Suicide Prevention Office is addressing the suicide rate in the National Guard. In a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, note that... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) The Senate has not approved funding the Pentagon says it needs to make the main entrance for its 26,000 employees less vulnerable to a terrorist attack. The House has approved the $12 million request in its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (August 16, 2016) The Air Force secretary wants the Senate and House to offer pilots a bonus of $48,000 for each year they choose to remain in the service. Bonus pay has been capped at $25,000 since 1999, according to a report in Air Force Times. The newspaper spoke with Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (August 16, 2016) Two senators want the National Guard Bureau to allocate funding for its counterdrug program based on the severity of the drug problem, a change from how money is shared now. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., wrote last week to... Read more
Washington Report (August 2, 2016) Legislation now being negotiated by the House and Senate armed services committees would reduce a divorced spouse’s share of military retirement pay. The amendment to the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act would base a divorced spouse’s share of... Read more
Washington Report (July 19, 2016) Lawmakers left town until September last week with the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the budget still far from complete. While both chambers have approved versions of the bills, they must be reconciled before being sent to the president for his... Read more
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
(June 30, 2016) Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday to be the chief of the National Guard Bureau. He will follow Gen. Frank J. Grass, who will retire later this summer. Lengyel has been vice chief of the Guard bureau since August 2012. Prior to that, the F-16 pilot... Read more

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