As Congress continues consideration of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 defense legislation, the House of Representatives approved Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations on July 31. H.R.7617 would benefit the National Guard as a result of NGAUS advocacy, includes:
- Funding to procure additional HH-60M Black Hawks for the Army National Guard
- $100.0 million for the Army National Guard High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) modernization program
- Over $300.0 million to modernize C-130 Hercules aircraft with new propellers, engine upgrades, and modular airborne firefighting systems
- Funding to procure F-16 Viper Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars for the Air National Guard
- $1.0 billion for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA), includes $300.0 million for the Army National Guard and $300.0 million for the Air National Guard
- Additional funding for the National Guard Counterdrug program and schools, the State Partnership Program (SPP), and the Youth ChalleNGe program
The U.S. Senate has not yet set a date for FY21 appropriations consideration.
Additionally, FY22 resolutions were approved by the 142nd NGAUS General Conference and Exhibition on August 29 after the Resolutions Committees met virtually. The NGAUS legislative staff led the way to ensure all resolutions were debated and voted on despite COVID-19 requiring significant changes to the conference schedule.
The committees considered 89 draft resolutions and NGAUS adopted 87. Highlights include adding new Joint-Personnel provisions to reinforce NGAUS advocacy for National Guard servicemembers responding to COVID-19. The Committees also removed outdated provisions and consolidated others to match updated Army National Guard aviation requirements, as well as Air National Guard A-10 and C-17 aircraft requirements.
Please visit the NGAUS Resolutions webpage to view approved FY22 NGAUS standing resolutions here.