Washington Report (February 28, 2017) Democrats and Republicans have problems with President Donald Trump’s first proposed defense budget. Some Republicans think the hike of $54 billion above legislated spending caps to $603 billion for the base budget is not enough, while Democrats recoil at... Read more
Washington Report (February 28, 2017) Legislation was to be introduced today by five Democratic senators that would address several issues for National Guard and Reserve members, including a disparity between components regarding education benefits. Legislative Alert: Write to Congress...Take... Read more
Washington Report (February 14, 2017) Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Rep. Steve Palazzo, R-Miss., spoke this morning to the NGAUS Legislative Workshop that brought about 65 legislative liaisons, congressional contact officers and executive directors of state National Guard associations to the NGAUS... Read more
Washington Report (February 7, 2017) Legislation introduced Monday by several senators from both parties affirms the cybersecurity abilities found in the National Guard. The DOD Emergency Response Capabilities Database Enhancement Act of 2017 would require the Defense Department to track the cyber... Read more
Washington Report (January 17, 2017) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has proposed an increase of $430 billion for the defense budget over the next five years. His plan is included in a paper called “Restoring American Power” and will be released this... Read more
Washington Report (January 17, 2017) Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will speak at the annual NGAUS Legislative Workshop Feb. 14 at the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C. Also scheduled to address the gathering is Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the vice... Read more
(January 3, 2017) The 115th Congress was seated today. The entire House and 34 senators were sworn in at noon. The Republican Party has a majority in both chambers and has set a busy agenda for itself, including repeal of the Affordable Care Act and addressing issues with Social Security and... Read more
Washington Report (December 20, 2016) Vincent Viola, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1977 and served in the 101st Airborne Division, is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to serve as secretary of the Army. Viola is a billionaire businessman who owns the Florida Panthers of the... Read more
Washington Report (December 20, 2016) National Guard Bureau and Pentagon leaders, industry partners, congressional staff and citizen-soldiers and airmen helped celebrate the National Guard’s 380th birthday Wednesday on Capitol Hill. The event was hosted by the National Guard Educational Foundation... Read more
Washington Report (December 13, 2016) All retired National Guardsmen and Reservists are now only a presidential signature away from finally being recognized as veterans. Congress approved legislation last week that would expand the legal definition of a veteran to include Guardsmen and Reservists... Read more