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Thursday, April 05, 2007

NGAUS Legislative Updates: 4/5/2007

What’s Happening In Congress?

Senate Democrats Look to Cut Off Funding for Iraq
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin have announced that they will be introducing legislation to end funding for the war in Iraq (with certain exceptions) by March 31, 2008. In contrast to the House emergency war supplemental bill language the Senate will make the withdrawal date binding.

President Bush has vowed to veto the final emergency war supplemental bill if it contains troop withdrawal language. Once Bush vetoes the bill, Democrats will be pressured to produce a “clean” bill quickly that the President will sign in order to provide necessary funds for our troops on the field.

Additional Co-Sponsors for National Guard Empowerment Needed
The list of co-sponsors for both the House bill (HR 718) and the Senate bill (S 430) needs your attention. Below is an updated list of co-sponsors.

In the House of Representatives:
Sponsor:
Rep Tom Davis [VA-11], Rep Alexander, Rodney [LA-5], Rep Baird, Brian [WA-3], Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1], Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1], Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3], Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU], Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1], Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5], Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1], Rep Carson, Julia [IN-7], Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14], Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2], Rep Cubin, Barbara [WY], Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4], Rep Delahunt, William D. [MA-10], Rep Dicks, Norman D. [WA-6], Rep Etheridge, Bob [NC-2], Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51], Rep Goode, Virgil H., Jr. [VA-5], Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6], Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17], Rep Hayes, Robin [NC-8], Rep Herseth, Stephanie [SD], Rep Hill, Baron P. [IN-9], Rep Holden, Tim [PA-17], Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12], Rep Hooley, Darlene [OR-5], Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3], Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9], Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3], Rep LaHood, Ray [IL-18], Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2], Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1], Rep Latham, Tom [IA-4], Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2], Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7], Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3], Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7], Rep Meehan, Martin T. [MA-5], Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10], Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8], Rep Pence, Mike [IN-6], Rep Perlmutter, Ed [CO-7], Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3], Rep Rehberg, Dennis R. [MT], Rep Ross, Mike [AR-4], Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13], Rep Shays, Christopher [CT-4], Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1], Rep Shuler, Heath [NC-11], Rep Souder, Mark E. [IN-3], Rep Space, Zachary T. [OH-18], Rep Taylor, Gene [MS-4], Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12], Rep Visclosky, Peter J. [IN-1], Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1], Rep Welch, Peter [VT] and Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2].

To be added after recess:

Rep. Mark Udall [CO]
Rep. Brad Mille, [NC]

In the Senate:
Sponsor:
Sen Christopher Bond [MO], Sen Baucus, Max [MT], Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH], Sen Byrd, Robert C. [WV], Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA], Sen Coburn, Tom [OK], Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME], Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT], Sen Durbin, Richard [IL], Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA], Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA], Sen Gregg, Judd [NH], Sen Hagel, Chuck [NE], Sen Harkin, Tom [IA], Sen Johnson, Tim [SD] [THIS MAN IS IN THE HOSPITAL. How did he vote for this?], Sen Kerry, John F. [MA], Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN], Sen Landrieu, Mary L. [LA], Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT], Sen Lincoln, Blanche L. [AR], Sen Lott, Trent [MS], Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ], Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD], Sen Murray, Patty [WA], Sen Nelson, E. Benjamin [NE], Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV], Sen Salazar, Ken [CO], Sen Smith, Gordon H. [OR], Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [ME], Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI], Sen Sununu, John E. [NH], Sen Tester, Jon [MT] and Sen Wyden, Ron [OR]

Go to “Write To Congress” at NGAUS and urge your representative and Senators to co-sponsor the empowerment bills.

What’s Happening At NGAUS?

NGAUS Staff Attending State Association Conferences on Weekends
The NGAUS full-time staff has been busy traveling across the U.S. to participate in many state association conferences. Just last weekend, our full-time staff was represented in both Iowa and Oregon. The week prior Texas, South Carolina, Connecticut, and Utah all had visits from either a staff person or a NGAUS Board of Directors member. Easter weekend will be a bit of a breather followed by trips to New Mexico and Indiana on April 13.

The NGAUS staff provides national level day-to-day information for the state members who may not understand the entire resolutions process or the political climate in Washington, D.C. We are able to answer any questions that your members may have while attending your state’s conference. This opportunity provides an excellent educational opportunity for both our full time staff to learn more about the individual state issues and concerns and for the members in the states to learn more about what our association does day-to-day to push the resolutions that are passed at the state conferences. NGAUS has been scheduled to attend a total of 30 state conferences this year.

What Can You Do?
Updated CapWiz Numbers:

3854 messages have been sent this year.
230 messages were sent this week.
1242 messages on Guard Empowerment.
2408 messages were sent on TRICARE fee increases.

Top 5 States:

1. Tennessee - 416 messages
2. Georgia - 296 messages
3. Missouri - 186 messages
4. Oklahoma - 183 messages
5. California - 167 messages

Our Goal for 2007: 54,000 messages. Only 50,146 messages to go!

Rich 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.org.

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