Letters to Congress & the Administration from AUSA

Letters to Congress & the Administration from AUSA

An important way to advocate for the Army, Soldiers (past, present and future) and their Families is by sending letters to members of Congress.

A complete listing by date, subject, and recipient(s) of the letters sent to Congress and copies of the letters themselves can be found on the Letters to Congress page in this Congressional Information section.

List of Letters

Date Topic Recipient(s)

8/11/20

Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Thornberry, Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Reed

8/4/20

This Joint Association Letter from AFA, AUSN, EANGUS, NDIA, NGAUS and ROA, along with AUSA, to the President recommends DoD budgets include 3-5 percent growth for FYs 2022 and 2023, as recommended by the National Defense Strategy Commission.

See also: Providing for the Common Defense: The Assessment and Recommendations of the National Defense Strategy Commission
The Honorable Donald J. Trump

9/12/19

TMC letter emphasizing the importance for Congress to pass the FY20 appropriations for Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. Senate: McConnell, Shelby, Schumer, Leahy
House: Pelosi, Lowey, McCarthy, Granger

9/6/19

AUSA recommendations for the FY2020 NDAA Conference.

Senate: Inhofe, Reed
House: Smith, Thornberry

7/25/19

AUSA and ROCKS Joint Assn letter encouraging the House Army Caucus to support Congressional Gold Medal legislation for the WWII 6888th Postal Battalion. House: Ruppersberger, Carter

6/27/19

AUSA letter requesting the HASC and SASC delay the accelerated transfer of Military Treatment Facilities to allow time for study and congressional hearings.

Senate: Inhofe, Reed
House: Smith, Thornberry

5/9/19

AUSA letter urging the HASC and SASC to eliminate the SBP-DIC Offset inequity for surviving military spouses and families. Senate: Inhofe, Reed
House: Smith, Thornberry

5/9/19

AUSA letter urging the HASC and SASC to slow the Defense Health reform actions by the DoD to protect readiness and beneficiary care. Senate: Tillis, Gillibrand
House: Speier, Kelly

5/2/19

Joint Assn letter supporting reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in support of military service members, military families, and veterans; to include closing the “90/10 loophole.” Senate: Alexander, Murray
House: Scott, Foxx

4/26/19

TMC letter expressing support for the “Reserve Component Employer Incentive, Compensation, and Relief Act of 2019,” H.R. 801. House: Ryan, Palazzo

4/17/19

Joint Assn letter recommending modification to NDAA Section 1045 in support of national security. Senate: Inhofe, Reed
House: Smith, Thornberry

3/27/19

Joint Assn letter recommending legislative priorities for the Guard and Reserve.

Senate: Inhofe, Reed
House: Smith, Thornberry

3/6/19

AUSA letter recommending restoring an Army four star commander to Europe. Senate: Inhofe, Reed
House: Smith, Thornberry

7/10/18

The Military Coalition FY19 NDAA Letter Senate: McCain & Reed
House: Thornberry & Smith

5/17/18

FY19 National Defense Authorization Act Letter Senate: McCain & Reed
5/16/18 The Military Coalition Statement for the Record to the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee Senate: Tillis & Gillibrand
10/20/17 The Military Coalition NDAA Letter

House: Smith & Thornberry

Senate: McCain & Reed

6/27/17

AUSA Urges Support for Effective, Ready Army

House: Smith & Thornberry

Senate: McCain & Reed

5/10/16 Section 702 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 Senate: SASC Committee Members
3/3/16 The "Protecting Our Security Through Utilizing Right-Sized End-Strength Act of 2016" House: Gibson & Turner
11/19/15 The "Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015." Senate: Heller & Hirono
9/14/15 Our Country Needs to Avoid a Government Shutdown

House: Boehner & Pelosi

Senate: McConnel & Reid

7/7/15 AUSA on JCS Recommendations to MCRMC

House: Boehner, Pelosi, Thornberry & Smith

Senate: McConnell, Reid, McCain & Reid

5/14/15 The Military Spouses' Achieving College Education for Survivors (ACES) Act House: Duckworth & Rigell
4/27/15 Maintaining Army End-Strength

House: Fleming

Senate: Vitter & Inhofe

4/10/15 The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Senate: Murray
3/6/15 TMC MCRMC Recommendations

Senate: McCain, Reed, Graham & Gilibrand

1/27/15 End Sequestration The 114th Congress
1/16/15 The Military Tax Equity Bill Senate: Cornyn
11/13/14 Putting Veterans Funding First Act (S. 932) Senate: Reid
11/13/14 2015 Defense Appropriations & Authorization Bills

House: Boehner, Pelosi, McKeon, Adam Smith, Harold Rogers, Lowey, Frelinghuysen & Visclosky

Senate: Levin, Inhofe, Mikulski, Shelby, Durbin, Cochran, Reid & McConnell

11/7/14 Consumer Financial Protections for Servicemembers CFPB: Mr. Richard Cordray
10/30/14 End Sequestration now

House: Boehner, Pelosi, McKeon, Adam Smith, Harold Rogers, Lowey, Frelinghuysen & Visclosky

Senate: Levin, Inhofe, Mikulski, Shelby, Durbin, Cochran, Reid & McConnell

10/7/14 FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Bill

House: McKeon & A. Smith

Senate: Levin & Inhofe

9/4/14 Kill Sequestration U.S. Congress: All Members
7/31/14 World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act Senate: Roy Blunt
6/13/14 The Appropriations Process & Regular Order House: Pelosi, Walz, Kirkpatrick, Sanford Bishop, Michaud, Sinema, Becerra, Takano, Brownley, O'Rourke & Susan Davis
5/6/14 General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.) Testimony Before the Senate Armed Services Committee Senate: SASC
4/23/14 World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act House: Lamborn & Cleaver
2/11/14 AUSA Opposition to HR 3930 House: Boehner, Pelosi, McKeon & Smith
1/28/14 General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.) Testimony Before the Senate Armed Services Committee Regarding Recent Changes to the U.S. Military Retirement System Senate: SASC
1/3/14 The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 & COLA Reduction U.S. Congress: All members
12/18/13 The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 & COLA Reduction Senate: Levin & Inhofe
12/5/13 The 2014 NDAA & Death Gratuity Payments Senate: Reid, McConnell, Levin & Inhofe
10/9/13 HR 3274 the "Fallen Heroes and Families Assistance Act" House: Boehner & Pelsoi
10/7/13 The Government Shutdown Senate: Reid & McConnell
9/26/13 Our National Defense & the CR

Senate: Reid & McConnell

House: Boehner & Pelosi

9/16/13 The Service & Sacrifice of the Borinqueneers

Senate: Reid & McConnell

House: Boehner & Pelosi

9/3/13 Sequestration & Military Readiness

Senate: Reid & McConnell

House: Boehner & Pelosi

8/2/13 The Cost of Sequestration

House: Boehner, Pelosi, Carter, Ruppersburger, McKeon, A. Smith, C.W. Bill Young & Visclosky

Senate: Reid, McConnel, Durbin, Cochran, Levin, Inhofe & Reed

7/15/13 AUSA Letter to Rep. Gerald Connolly House: Rep. Gerald Connolly
7/11/13 AUSA Letter Regarding Overseas Housing Allowance U.S. Secretary of Defense: Chuck Hagel
5/21/13 AUSA Letter Regarding the SBP/DIC Offset Senate: Bill Nelson
4/25/13 The Proposed FY14 Budget & Army Readiness

Senate: Chair & Ranking Member of the SASC, SAC & SAC-D

House: Chair & Ranking Member of the HASC, HAC & HAC-D

3/15/13 AUSA Opposition to Amendment #67 to HR 933 Senate: All Senators
3/13/13 The Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgment Act House: Rep. Don Young
1/23/13 Possible 'Perfect Storm' of Defense Cuts

House: Speaker Boehner & Leader Pelosi

Senate: Leader Reid & Leader McConnell

1/14/13 The Specter of Sequestration & Our National Defense

House: House leadership, Chair/Co-Chair Army Caucus & Army Veterans

Senate: Senate Leadership, CHair/Co-Chair Army Caucus & Army Veterans

12/7/12 FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act

House: Buck McKeon & Adam Smith

Senate: Carl Levin & John McCain

12/4/12 Possible TRICARE Fee Increases

Senate: Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John McCain & Carl Levin

11/20/12 The 21st Century Post Reform Act (Senate amdt. 2060)

U.S. Representatives: The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee (Full Committee), Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell & Mark Warner

Senate: The Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee (Full Committee), Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell & Mark Warner.

11/16/12 Medicare Physician Payment Rate

House: Speaker Boehner, Reps. Pelosi, Dicks, CW Bill Young, Howard "Buck" McKeon & Adam Smith

Senate: Majority Leader Reid, Sens. McConnell, Levin, McCain, Inouye, Cochran

11/9/12 Joint Sequestration Prevention

House: Speaker Boehner, Reps. Pelosi

Senate: Majority Leader Reid, Sens. McConnell

9/18/12 Military Suicide Prevention Senate: Senators Levin & McCain
8/10/12 Prevent Sequestration Now!

House: Speaker Boehner, Reps. Pelosi, Dicks, CW Bill Young, Howard "Buck" McKeon & Adam Smith

Senate: Majority Leader Reid, Sens. McConnell, Levin, McCain, Inouye, Cochran

7/12/12 Stolen Valor Act of 2011 (HR 1775) U.S. Representatives: Rep. Heck
5/23/12 Veteran Skills to Jobs Act (HR 4155) U.S. Representatives: Rep. Denham & Rep. Walz
5/21/12 Support for S. 3203 Senate: Entire Chamber minus Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) & Marco Rubio (R-FL)
5/14/12 Support for Senator Lautenberg's TRICARE Legislation Senate: Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
5/2/12 Proposed Restrictions on Federal Agency Participation in Association Events

U.S. Representatives: The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee (Full Committee), John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi

Senate: The Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee (Full Committee), Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell & Mark Warner

4/26/12 Proposed DoD Healthcare Fee Increases (Part II) Senate: SASC (Subcommittee on Personnel)
4/24/12 BRAC-Like Commission & The Military Retirement System

U.S. Representatives: John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Norm Dicks, C.W. "Bill" Young, Howard "Buck" McKeon & Adam Smith

Senate: Carl LEvin, John McCain, Daniel Inouye, Thad Cochran, Harry Reid & Mitch McConnell

4/18/12 Support for HR 3895 U.S. Representative: Jeff Miller
4/11/12 Support for HR 3279 U.S. Representative: Silvestre Reyes
3/29/12 Stop Sequestration Now (Part II)

U.S. Representatives: John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Norm Dicks, C.W. "Bill" Young, Howard "Buck" McKeon & Adam Smith

Senate: Carl Levin, John McCain, Daniel Inouye, Thad Cochran, Harry Reid & Mitch McConnell

3/15/12 Stop Sequestration Now

U.S. Representatives: John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Norm Dicks, C.W. "Bill" Young, Howard "Buck" McKeon & Adam Smith

Senate: Carl Levin, John McCain, Daniel Inouye, Thad Cochran, Harry Reid & Mitch McConnell

2/17/12 Proposed DoD Healthcare Fee Increases U.S. Congress: All members (540)
12/6/11 Letters to Congressional Army Veterans Concering Erosion of Benefits U.S. Congress: Congressional Army Veterans
12/1/11 Protecting Military Healthcare & Retirement Benefits U.S. President: Barack H. Obama
11/28/11 Defense Authorization TRICARE Amendment

Senate: All Members (excluding Sen. McCain)

U.S. Representatives: John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harold Rogers, Norm Dicks, C.W. "Bill" Young, Howard "Buck" McKeon & Adam Smith

10/4/11 Protecting Military Retirement & Healthcare Benefits

U.S. Representatives: John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harold Rogers, Norm Dicks, C.W. "Bill" Young, Howard "Buck" McKeon & Adam Smith

Senate: SASC (Full Committee) SAC-D (Full Subcommittee), Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell & Robert Casey

9/26/11 Protecting Military Retirement & Healthcare Benefits U.S. President: Barack H. Obama
8/18/11 Military Retirement Benefits

U.S. Representatives: Boehner, Pelosi, Harold Rogers, Dicks, C.W. "Bill" Young, McKeon & Adam Smith

Senate: SASC (Full Committee), SAC-D (Full Subcommittee), Harry Reid & Mitch McConnnell

5/3/11 TRICARE Enrollment Fees U.S. Representatives: "Buck" McKeon & Adam Smith
3/9/11 Homeowners Assistance Program U.S. Representatives: Gerald Connolly
3/1/11 Legal Assistance for Members of the Armed Forces U.S. Senators: Herbert H. Kohl
2/10/11 Repeal SBP/DIC Offset

U.S. Senators: Bill Nelson

U.S. Representatives: Joe Wilson

2/9/11 Enact 2011 Defense Appropriations Legislation Now

U.S. Senators: Reid, McConnell, Inouye & Cochran

U.S. Representatives: Boehner, Pelosi, Dicks, Harold Rogers & C.W. Young

11/10/10 Reverse Reduction of the Medicare Physician Payment Rate

U.S Senators: Reid, McConnel, Inouye & Cochran

U.S. Representatives: Pelosi, Boehner, Obey & Lewis

11/10/10 2011 Defense Authorization and Appropriations Bills U.S. Senators: Reid, McConnell, Inouye, Cochran, Levin, and McCain
7/27/10 Possible Cuts to Military Manpower and Healthcare

U.S. Senators: Reid, McConnell, Inouye, Cochran, Levin, and McCain

U.S. Representatives: Pelosi, Boehner, Obey, Lewis, Dicks, Young (C.W.), Skelton, Obey, and Edwards (Chet)

6/17/10 2010 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senators: Reid, McConnell, Inouye, Cochran

U.S. Representatives:Pelosi, Boehner, Obey, Lewis, Dicks, Young (C.W.)

6/14/10 HR 4213 and the reduction in the Medicare Physician Payment Rate U.S. Senators: Reid, McConnell, Inouye, and Cochran
5/17/10 National Defense Spending Priorities U.S. Senators: Reid, McConnell, Levin, McCain, Inouye, and Cochran
4/26/10 Improving Veterans Electronic Transition Services (iVets) bill Representatives: Tsongas
2/24/10 H.R. 4320, the Post 9/11 Education Fairness Act U.S. Representatives: Murphy (Scott)
11/13/09 H.R. 3691, the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009 U.S. Representatives: Pelosi, Boehner, Rangel, and Camp
11/6/09 Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009 U.S. Representatives: Rangel
10/27/09 Post 9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act

U.S. Senators: McCain and Bennet

U.S. Representatives: Courtney and Petri

9/21/09 H.R. 3590, the Servicemembers Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009 U.S. Representatives: Rangel
8/26/09 FY2010 National Defense Authorization Bill

U.S. Senators: Levin and McCain

U.S. Representatives: Skelton and McKeon

8/06/09 The role military health care systems in proposed health care reform legislation

U.S. Senators: Reid, McConnell, Inouye, Cochran, Baucus, Bingaman, Conrad, Snowe, Grassley, Enzi, Kennedy, McCain, and Levin

U.S. Representatives: Pelosi, Boehner, Waxman, Barton, Miller (George), Kline, Rangel, Camp, Skelton, and McKeon

7/31/09 H Con Res 170, supporting the COmmunity Covenant initiative of the Secretary of the Army U.S. House of Representatives: Whitfield
7/16/09 Amend Section 414 of the FY 2010 Defense Authorization Act to increase the number of authorized Non-Dual Status Technicians in the Army National Guard U.S. Senators: Levin and McCain
7/14/09 Amendment 1515 to S 1390, FY 2010 Defense Authorization Bill U.S. Senators: Nelson (Bill)
7/14/09 Congressional Record Statement by Senator Lieberman U.S. Senators: Lieberman
7/13/09 Lieberman Amendment to S. 1390, the FY 2010 Defense Authorization Act U.S. Senators: Lieberman
6/18/09 Funding for the increase of Army end strength in the base budget

U.S. Senators: Reid, McConnell, Inouye, Cochran, Levin, Kennedy, Byrd, Lieberman, Reid, Akaka, Nelson (Bill), Nelson (Ben), Bayh, Webb, McCaskill, Udall, Hagan, Begich, Burris, McCain, Inhofe, Sessions, Chambliss, Graham, Thune, Martinez, Wicker, Burr, Vitter, and Collins

U.S. House of Representatives: Pelosi, Boehner, Skelton, McKeon, Obey, Lewis (Jerry), Murtha, and Young (C.W. Bill)

6/15/09 FY10 National Defense Authorization Act U.S. House of Representatives: Skelton
5/5/09 2009 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senators: Reid, McConnell, Inouye, and Cochran

U.S. House of Representatives: Pelosi, Boehner, Obey, Lewis, Murtha, and Young (C.W.)

4/1/09 H.R. 1804 and beneift upgrades for the Military and federal civilian community U.S. House of Representatives: Skelton and Towns
3/23/09 Amendment of the eligibility date for military Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP) participation from 1 July 2006 to 1 July 2008

U.S. Senators: Senaors LEvin, McCain, Nelson (Ben), Graham, Inouye, Cochran, Johnson, and Hutchison.

U.S House of Representatives: Skelton, McHugh, Davis (Susan), Wlson, Murtha, Young (C.W.), Edwards, and Wamp.

3/12/2009 Army end strength increases and weaponry needs

U.S. Senators: Levin, McCain, Thune, Wicker, Reed, Ben Nelson, Burr, Bayh, Kennedy, Martinez, Bill Nelson, Sessions, Graham, Lieberman, Conrad, Gregg, Inouye, Cochran, McConnell, and Reid

U.S. Representatives: Obey, Wittman, McHugh, Abercrombie, Bartlett, Susan Davis, Wilson, Snyder, Ortiz, Forbes, Akin, Taylor, Turner, Tauscher, Smith, Miller, Spratt, Paul Ryan, Murtha, C.W. Young, Lewis, Pelosi, Skelton, and Boehner

3/6/09 S. 535 and the repeal of the law requiring a dollar-for-dollar deduction of VA benefits for service connected deaths from military survivors' Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity U.S. Senators: Nelson, Bingaman, Inhofe, Lincoln, Sessions, Vitter, Feinstein, Kerry, Mikulski, and Snowe.
2/11/09 Funding for Veterans Affairs and Defense Department spending in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

U.S. Senators: Senators Reid, McConnell, Inouye, Cochran, Johnson, and Hutchison

U.S. Representatives: Pelosi, Boehner, Obey, Lewis, Edwards, and Wamp

2/6/09 HR775: Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act U.S. Representatives: Solomon Ortiz and Henry Brown, Jr.
2/6/09 HR816: Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act U.S. Representatives: Chet Edwards and Walter Jones
1/23/09 Inclusion of funding for military construction and VA facilities in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan legislation U.S. Represenatives: Obey, Lewis, Wamp, and Edwards
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