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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
Washington Report (June 28, 2016) Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel was approved today by the Senate Armed Services Committee to be the next National Guard Bureau chief. He now faces a vote of the entire Senate, which will likely take place before Congress takes a recess July 15. During his confirmation... Read more
Washington Report (June 28, 2016) Supporters of military bands are pushing back against a House plan to limit where the bands can play, according to Military Times. The House version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act restricts performances to official events. The House also... Read more
(June 22, 2016) Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the nominee to lead the National Guard Bureau, praised the Guard’s evolution during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday and said he’ll strive to motivate the force. Lengyel has been nominated to succeed Gen. Frank Grass as chief of the bureau... Read more
Washington Report (June 21, 2016) While the House and Senate work to create one defense policy bill from two, NGAUS will monitor discussions and push lawmakers to include provisions beneficial to the National Guard. Both chambers have passed their versions of the fiscal 2017 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (June 21, 2016) Four senators expressed their support last week for the National Guard’s State Partnership Program by organizing an event on Capitol Hill to showcase the 23-year old program. “With limited resources, the question is, ‘Is it worth it?’” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) NGAUS is watching this week as senators may even work on Friday if that’s what it takes to finish the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act this week. Sen. Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, insists the bill will be finished this week. But a fight... Read more
Washington Report (May 24, 2016) The National Guard would share the deputy-commander slot at U.S. Northern Command with the Reserves if the Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the defense authorization bill becomes law. Released late last week, the bill will be discussed by the full Senate... Read more

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