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November 2019 Update

NGAUS on the Hill

Congress continues to negotiate a final Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and is working on Defense Department appropriations for the same year. The federal government is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution, which provides funding with limitations at FY19 levels to all departments, until November 21.

On Sept. 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the fiscal year 2020 defense appropriations legislation (S. 2474). The committee recommends providing $693.2 billion to DoD, including $622.5 billion in base and discretionary funding and $70.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

NGAUS legislative analysis on S. 2474 can be found here. The Senate Appropriations Committee recommends several provisions beneficial to the National Guard, including:

  • A 3.1% military personnel pay increase;
  • Procurement of new UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for the Army National Guard;
  • Procurement of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and F-16 Viper Active Electronically Scanned Array radar upgrades for the Air National Guard; and
  • Additional funding for the National Guard Preventative Mental Health Program.

The legislative staff continues to engage with Congress to ensure top 2020 NGAUS priorities are included in final defense legislation. Engagement is particularly focused on members of the Senate regarding appropriations issues and on House and Senate members of the NDAA Conference Committee.