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Saturday, March 17, 2007

NGAUS Legit: 3/16/2007

What’s Happening In Congress?
Supplemental Spending Bill Approved.

The House Appropriations Committee approved a draft supplemental spending bill on Thursday of nearly $124 billion dollars. The bill includes other Iraq War provisions as well. The panel voted to reverse the decision to close Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Another provision, which received strong opposition from Republicans, sets in motion a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by August of 2008.

Requested Military Readiness Studies.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton and Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Solomon Ortiz have requested a study from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the impact of continued U.S. troop deployments and the current condition of military equipment on military readiness.

The letter to CBO asks for consideration to study: troop numbers needed for the current operations; options for addressing previously identified readiness issues and the budgetary effects of implementing those recommendations; and a determination of a time frame needed to completely address the recognized readiness shortfalls.

The letter to the GAO is more specific to concerns over pre-positioned military stocks that ensure the military has the materials and equipment needed for rapid deployment.

Upcoming Hearings for the CNGR.
The House Armed Services Full Committee will hold a hearing next Friday, March 23rd, on the second report to Congress by the Commission of the National Guard and Reserves. The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 am in 2118 Rayburn House Office Building.

What’s Happening At NGAUS?
Industrial College of the Armed Forces Visits the NGAUS Building

On Wednesday, March 14, a class of Military officers enrolled in a course called “The Reserve Component in the 21st Century” through the National Defense University visited the NGAUS Memorial Building. They received a tour of the National Guard Educational Foundation Museum and received a briefing from the Legislative Staff. The group of 15 students was lead by Colonel Christina Lafferty USAFR, the USAF Reserve Component Advisor to the President of the National Defense University.

MINDS Luncheons:
The Minuteman Institute for National Defense Studies (MINDS) in Association with the National Guard Association of the United States will be holding a luncheon and panel discussion Monday, March 19th on “The National Guard Empowerment Act”. Confirmed panelists include:

Honorable John Truesdale, Deputy Secretary of the Air Force M&RA Mackenzie Eaglen, Distinguished author/scholar, Heritage FoundationPaul Ebehardt, National Guard and Reserve Commission

Other invited panelists include:Honorable Tim Kaine, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia Major General Roger Lempke, President AGAUS and TAG NE

This event will be held in the Hall of States in the NGAUS Memorial Building. Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 am followed by the panel at 12:00pm.

What Can You Do?
Update on “Write To Congress” Stats.

Current numbers for messages sent this year are:
46 messages were sent this week.
2699 messages have been sent this year.
519 messages were sent on Guard Empowerment.
519 messages were sent on Guard Empowerment.
2047 messages were sent on TRICARE Fee Increases.

Top 5 States:
1. Tennessee – 266 messages
2. Missouri- 153 messages
3. Mississippi- 139 messages
4. California- 133 messages
5. Oklahoma- 119 messages

*following closely at number 6 is Iowa with 114 messages sent since Jan. 1st.Our Goal for 2007: 54,000 messages

We are 51,301 messages away from meeting our goal! Keep writing your Senators and Representatives. Also, make sure to share the “Write to Congress” tool with your friends and family.

Published by the NGAUS Legislative Staff:
Brig Gen (ret) Richard M. Green, Director
Pete Duffy, Deputy Director
Chris DeBatt, Army Programs
Emily Breitbach, Air Programs
Bernie Phelps, Senior Legislative Analyst

For more information on NGAUS, check out our website: NGAUS.

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