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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
Washington Report (October 6, 2015) The Senate could vote as soon as today on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, but the president has said he will veto the version of the bill that passed the House last week.   President Barack Obama opposes the bill because House Republicans included... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) Congress is likely to pass a short-term measure to fund the government into December, but the Defense Department took the cautionary step Friday of warning troops about what to expect if the government shuts down at midnight Wednesday when the 2015 fiscal year... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) President Barack Obama's signature is all that remains for fathers of fallen service members and those permanently disabled to receive preferential hiring status for jobs with the federal government. The Gold Star Fathers Act recently passed the House after... Read more
Washington Report (September 22, 2015) The National Commission on the Future of the Army will soon focus on the issue of where to put the Army's AH-64 Apache helicopters and one commissioner hopes it will find a "blended capability" solution, according to a report this week by Inside Defense.   The... Read more
Washington Report (September 22, 2015) The fiscal year ends at midnight Sept. 30, a mere eight days away, but Congress is far from approving a budget for fiscal 2016. While some Republicans want to shut down the government over the issue of funding Planned Parenthood, most Capitol Hill watchers... Read more

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