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Washington Report  (March 1, 2016) Two influential senators are defending a change to the status of National Guard military technicians that would make some of them federal civilian workers and no longer under the control of governors or adjutants general. The change is to take place in 2017. Sen.... Read more
Washington Report (February 23, 2016) A member of Congress wants to prevent possible problems with cost-of-living adjustments for veteran benefits by linking them by law with Social Security. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., introduced the bill, which passed the House, to make the COLA adjustments for... Read more
Washington Report (Feb. 9, 2016) A full house of state National Guard association executive directors is attending the 19th NGAUS Legislative Workshop today at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they will hear from lawmakers, defense leaders and other... Read more
(Jan. 14) The retirement of the A-10 from the Air Force arsenal will be put on hold because of its important role in the battle against ISIS and the resurgent Taliban, according to a report by DefenseOne, a website that reports on military issues. The article published online Wednesday says the... Read more
Washington Report (Dec. 15, 2015) Congress will have to pass one more continuing resolution before it reaches an agreement on a budget for next year and leaves town for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Politico reports that the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, which rolls up all 12 appropriations... Read more
Washington Report (December 1, 2015) The Pentagon would send more troops to Syria if the initial commitment of 50 special operations troops shows promise. USA Today reported Monday on comments from a senior defense official.   According to the official, who could not be named, if the troops sent to... Read more
Washington Report (December 1, 2015) Despite becoming a laughingstock in October when one of its radar-laden blimps broke free and landed 150 miles away after knocking out power to thousands, the missile defense system designed to protect the nation's capital will likely continue to receive funding... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) All retired National Guardsmen will likely soon be able to legally call themselves veterans.    The Senate passed legislation last week that would grant veteran status to any Guardsman or Reservist who has served 20 years. The House approved a similar provision... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday that ground troops are needed to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which claimed credit for the deadly attacks in Paris last week.   McCain, the chairman of the Senate... Read more
Washington Report (November 10, 2015) Two Republican senators from Arizona have criticized the military for paying professional sports teams to put on patriotic displays using service members. In a report released last week called "Tackling Paid Patriotism," Sen. John McCain and Sen. John Flake... Read more

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