Issues & Advocacy

Advocating for the National Guard

NGAUS on the Hill (July 2018)

Congress continues to negotiate the final fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to authorize Defense Department programs. Congressional leaders aim to produce a final bill before August.

The negotiators, also known as the Conference Committee, are members of the House and Senate armed services committees. They are responsible for formulating one final bill based on versions of the NDAA passed by the House and Senate. The final bill will be voted on by the House and Senate, and, if approved, sent to the president to be signed into law.

The NGAUS legislative staff is engaging with the Conference Committee to ensure provisions beneficial to the National Guard are included in the final legislation. As part of this effort, retired Brig. Gen. Roy Robinson, the NGAUS president, sent a letter to the leaders of the armed services committees in both chambers requesting several provisions favorable to the Guard, including key NGAUS priorities, be included.

Congress is also working on appropriations legislation, which provides funding for DoD. The House passed its appropriations bill June 28and approved $674.6 billion in total defense spending. Keep in mind, those funding levels and examples cited below are passed by the House only and are subject to change before final passage. House funding levels would provide:

  •     A 2.6 percent military personnel pay raise;
  •     $421.0 million for the Army Guard and $421.0 million for the Air Guard in the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA);
  •     New Apache and Black Hawk helicopters for the Army Guard;
  •     C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for the Air Guard; and

Funding for:

  1. The Army National Guard Humvee Modernization Program;
  2. A-10, C-130H, and F-15C modernization;
  3. Continuation of JSTARS recapitalization; and
  4. The National Guard Counterdrug Program and Counterdrug Training Centers, the National Guard State Partnership Program, and National Guard Youth ChalleNGe.
NGAUS on the Hill (June 2018)

Legislative Agenda Starts With the States

NGAUS doesn’t sit in Washington, D.C. and decide what’s important for the National Guard. We listen to our members. Our lobbying efforts begin with an annual resolutions process that originates with our state associations. Delegates to the annual NGAUS General Conference debate and approve resolutions, which NGAUS prioritizes for the next congressional cycle. See our legislative resolutions for fiscal year 2019.

NGAUS Petitions Congress

The NGAUS legislative department, which is the lobbying branch of the association, presents the association’s legislative priorities directly to members of Congress and their staff. NGAUS staff works with stakeholders, including the National Guard Bureau (NGB), state associations, the Adjutants General Association of the United States (AGAUS), the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) and industry representatives to unite support around common goals.

Legislative Alerts Highlight Timely Issues Requiring Action

When issues of importance to the National Guard heat up on Capitol Hill, NGAUS sends out Legislative Alerts with details about the issue at hand and actions you can take, such as contacting your members of Congress to provide input and support on legislation under consideration.

NGAUS Provides Tools for Grassroots Advocacy

Each Legislative Alert contains a sample letter that you can send to your Congressional representatives or customize as you like using our Write to Congress feature, which also allows NGAUS to track the number of letters submitted from each state.

Speaking Up (NATIONAL GUARD, April 2017)
Personal calls, letters and emails from Guardsmen to Congress can provide the extra push required to get legislation considered

Member Action Strengthens Our Voice

Because NGAUS members are located in over 3,200 communities across the U.S. and in every Congressional district, NGAUS speaks with a unified voice to Congress and has the influence of a major voting bloc. NGAUS’s team of professionals knows the legislative process, the key players and how to ensure the voice of the National Guard is heard, but we are most successful when our members are engaged and active on the issues.

NGAUS makes it easy for you to stay informed and jump into action when needed to contact your representatives on Capitol Hill. Together we can be successful in lobbying for modernized equipment, increased readiness and improved benefits.

Current Bills

The following bills are currently under consideration in or have moved through the House or Senate.

Fiscal 2019 President's Budget Request - updated on June 19, 2018
Fiscal 2019 Defense Appropriations - updated on June 29, 2018
Fiscal 2019 MILCON-VA Appropriations - updated on June 19, 2018