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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
Washington Report (Nov. 3, 2015) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, said the role of the force might expand in Europe as tensions increase between Russia and Eastern Europe. Grass was speaking recently before the National Commission on the Future of the Army, which is... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) The White House and leaders in Congress seem to have reached a two-year budget deal that would increase military spending and end the threat of a government shutdown. The House is expected to take up the measure Wednesday and the Senate will vote after that.  ... Read more
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

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