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NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 19, 2013) Sequestration and a yearlong continuing resolution would significantly hinder the National Guard’s ability to protect and defend the homeland, Gen. Frank J. Grass told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week. “Sequestration will be devastating to the... Read more
Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, a decorated war hero, senator and fervent National Guard supporter, died Monday at the age of 88.  Inouye was well-known in the halls of the Capitol as a quiet but effective senator. He was first elected to Congress as a House member in 1959, the same year Hawaii... Read more
Yesterday the Senate began debate and consideration of S.3254, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The managers of the bill and ranking members on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) brought the bill to the floor in the hopes that they... Read more
Today is the day. Have you voted yet? After months of campaigning, fund raising, debates and partisan rhetoric, the day has finally arrived - the citizens of the United States will elect their next president. Feel free to check out the New York Times and Politico for a presidential election... Read more
Via Army Times: The Senate was unable to pass the bill that would provide a cost-of-living adjustment in veterans’ compensation before Congress left town on Sept. 22 for a six-week pre-election break, raising the possibility that the payment increases could be late. The postponed bill would provide... Read more
Six Republican and Democratic Senators are urging Congress to avert drastic spending cuts to defense and domestic programs beginning on January 2nd 2013. This sequester, set forth by the Budget Control Act of 2011, could have a "devastating impact." Last week, Defense lawmakers Senators Carl Levin... Read more
As the hours tick away on Friday afternoon, the Senate looks to move towards a final vote on the Continuing Resolution (H.J. 117) by 1am on Sunday morning at the latest. Thus far, the six-month stop gap measure had been held up by two separate pieces of legislation. As reported yesterday, one piece... Read more
Clock Ticks Down on Passage of Continuing Resolution in the Senate Buck McKeon (R-CA), HASC committee members questioned the panel at length on the impact sequestration will have on personnel. Of major concern will be the impact on the civilian personnel work force who are not protected from cuts... Read more
In June, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced S. 3441, the Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act of 2012, which would transfer C-27J aircraft from the Air National Guard to the Forest Service. Last week, Representative Ken Calvert (R-Calf.) introduced a companion bill in the House, H.R.... Read more
Appropriations Bill StatusThe House completed work on their version of the bill on July 19, however, Senate leaders have acknowledged they will likely be unable to complete work on FY13 spending measures until after the November elections.  As a result, House and Senate leaders announced that they... Read more

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