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
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs credits a change in eligibility for an increase in appointments under the Veterans Choice program.   According to Military Times, the figures jumped from April to June because the program was opened to veterans who must drive at... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congressional leaders say it's likely the House and Senate will not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress is headed towards a continuing resolution to keep spending at current levels at the start of fiscal 2016.    "I don't want to do... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., are co-recipients of the 2015 NGAUS Harry S. Truman Award, the association's highest honor.     The NGAUS board of directors voted during its annual summer meeting last week to present two Truman awards this... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Congress has a lot of work ahead of it following the Fourth of July recess, from high-profile Pentagon confirmations to defense spending bills. It has nondefense issues, like highway funding, to address, as well.   Topping the defense list is the fiscal 2016... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Retired Gen. Carter Ham, the chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, said the issues facing the service are complex, but that all concerned have the nation's best interest in mind.   Ham spoke to the newspaper in Killeen, Texas, ahead of the... Read more
Washington Report (June 30, 2015) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was praised last week by colleagues and friends, including the vice president, during his Air Force retirement ceremony at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C.   The guest list included some of the... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) The Senate passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Thursday, and the measure includes some key language in support of the National Guard. The bill, among other things, prevents the Army from transferring any of the Guard's remaining... Read more
Washington Report (June 16, 2015) The House passed a defense spending bill June 11 that has funds for several unique National Guard efforts, including border-security operations, the State Partnership Program (SPP), the Youth ChalleNGe Program and Counterdrug Program. The Senate is expected to take... Read more
Washington Report (June 9, 2015) NGAUS is closely watching the Senate debate this week of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an amendment that would give official veteran status to thousands of National Guard retirees who now fall outside the federal definition. This... Read more