-- In The News --
Published: 08 October 2014
When the armed service committees of the House and Senate meet to hammer out a National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2015, NGAUS is asking them to consider several Senate amendments that could be introduced and bring the Senate version in line with the House version of the bill. NGAUS has made its wishes known on Capitol Hill. Among them are:
- Allowing the chief of the National Guard Bureau to recommend the directors and deputy directors of the Army and Air National Guard. This Senate amendment would be in line with the House version of the bill;
- Finding a sustainable funding solution to keep National Guard counterdrug training centers open;
- Authorizing the National Guard to provide assistance to support firefighting operations;
- Restricting funds to transfer C-1320H/J aircraft and prohibiting the termination of C-130 active associate units;
- Requiring the Army secretary to submit a prioritized plan for modernizing the entire UH-60A Black Hawk fleet; and
- Creating a pilot program on job placement and employment assistance for Guard and Reserve members.
Bills Offer Help to Sexual Assault Victims
Bipartisan legislation in the Senate would provide legal assistance to National Guard members who are victims of sexual assault if the assault is related to their service. The National Guard and Reserve Access to Counsel Act was introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
An Army directive expanding legal services to sexual assault victims failed to include Guard members who are assaulted outside their drill weekend or military duty. The bill would require the services to provide access to a special victims counsel for help with the military legal process. The special victims counsel is a trained military lawyer.
"This bill would ensure that any service members who become victims of sexual assault that is at all connected to their service receive the support they need and deserve," Klobuchar said in a statement Monday.
Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., introduced similar legislation in the House in June.