EANGUS Legislative Alert 2015-05; 11 May 2015

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider H.R. 1735, the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

Please click here to contact your Representative and ask for their support for Amendments #71, #206, and #241 to H.R. 1735.

These amendments prevent force structure and end strength reductions in the Army National Guard before the National Commission on the Future of the Army releases its recommendations.

• Amendment 71, sponsored by Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., and Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Penn., would extend the authorized period for the transfer of certain AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard to the Army from March 31, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2016

• Amendment 206, sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Penn., would prohibit reductions in the force structure of the Army Guard until Congress receives the report from the National Commission on the Future of the Army

• Amendment 241, sponsored by Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., would maintain Army Guard readiness by keeping troop numbers at fiscal 2015 levels until 180 days after the date Congress receives the report of the National Commission on the Future of the Army

The National Commission of the Future of the Army will report to Congress on February 1, 2016, and Congress will be afforded the opportunity to review the nation’s security needs and the best way to meet those needs in an affordable fashion. The current legislative language in H.R. 1735 needs amending, there is no need to make a rush decision without all the facts. Urge your Member of Congress to support the amendments above.

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NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-8; 8 May 2015

The Issue: Stop potentially irreversible force structure changes to the Army National Guard

Immediate Action Required: Ask your representative to support three amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that prevent force structure and end strength reductions in the Army National Guard before the National Commission on the Future of the Army releases its recommendations.

More Information: NGAUS strongly supports the following three amendments that would maintain Army National Guard end strength at 350,200 and prevent the transfer of more than 48 AH-64 Apaches in fiscal 2016. These amendments would prevent harmful reductions to the Army Guard before Congress can weigh in on the National Commission on the Future of the Army recommendations on the appropriate size and force mix of the Army. The amendments are:
• Amendment 71, sponsored by Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., and Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Penn., would extend the authorized period for the transfer of certain AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard to the Army from March 31, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2016
• Amendment 206, sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Penn., would prohibit reductions in the force structure of the Army Guard until Congress receives the report from the National Commission on the Future of the Army
• Amendment 241, sponsored by Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., would maintain Army Guard readiness by keeping troop numbers at fiscal 2015 levels until 180 days after the date Congress receives the report of the National Commission on the Future of the Army
With so much at stake, there is ample time for study and reflection. The National Commission of the Future of the Army’s report to Congress is due February 1, 2016. Congress has the opportunity now to slow the process and review the nation’s security needs and the best way to meet those needs in an affordable fashion.

The House of Representatives will be voting Wednesday. Your immediate help to pass this important legislation is requested.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Andrea Peterson
Legislative Affairs Manager for Army Programs
202-408-5884
andrea.peterson@ngaus.org

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NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-7; 7 May 2015

The Issue: Support a floor amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act for FY16 eliminating the age restriction on receipt of retired pay for non-regular service

Immediate Action Required: Contact your representatives immediately to support a floor amendment offered by Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) that eliminates the age restriction on receipt of retired pay for non-regular service
More Information: NGAUS strongly supports a House floor amendment to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), offered by Rep. Tim Walz, (D-MN), that would eliminate the age restriction on receipt of retired pay for non-regular service.

This amendment would allow retiring members of the National Guard, for the first time in nearly 70 years, to receive their retirement pay after 20 years of service. Removing the age restriction to collect retirement has historically been one of NGAUS’ highest priorities.

The House of Representatives will be voting on the NDAA on Wednesday, May 13th. Your immediate help to pass this important legislation is requested.

Please contact your representatives and urge them to support the Walz amendment.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Pete Duffy
Legislative Director
202-454-5307
pete.duffy@ngaus.org

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NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-6; 1 May 2015

The Issue: Reauthorizing and Strengthening the National Guard State Partnership Program

Immediate Action Required: Contact your senators and representatives immediately and ask them to support S. 1126 and H.R. 1614, bills to modify and extend the National Guard State Partnership Program.
More Information: NGAUS strongly supports S. 1126, sponsored by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and H.R. 1614, sponsored by Representative Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), bills that would strengthen the National Guard State Partnership Program and build a strong permanent legal foundation for this critical “soft power” global partnership program and eliminate the 2016 termination of the program currently written in law.

The National Guard State Partnership Program supports U.S. national interests and security cooperation goals by engaging partner nations via military, socio-political and economic conduits at the local, state and national levels. SPP evolved from a 1991 U.S. European Command decision to set up the Joint Contact Team Program in the Baltic Region with reserve-component soldiers and airmen. It has grown into a global endeavor, becoming a key U.S. security cooperation tool across all aspects of international civilian-military affairs providing international security solutions in support of national and defense strategy.

The National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) provides unique capacity building capabilities to Combatant Commanders and U.S. Chiefs of Mission supporting 68 partnerships with 74 partner nations

These bills fortify the FY14 codification of this important program by:
• Expanding operational definition of the program to align with Department of Defense and Department of State global strategies
• Creating one DoD-wide account for funding to ensure oversight and accountability
• Requiring CNGB to define core capabilities, design performance metrics and designate SPP state coordinators
• Requiring annual reporting to Congress on activities, performance and funding
Please contact your senators and representatives and urge them to support these bills.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Grace Washbourne
Joint Program Manager
202-408-5893
grace.washbourne@ngaus.org

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