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Retiree and Veteran Affairs News

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July 6, 2015
WHY DID DEMOCRATS TORPEDO THE DEFENSE SPENDING BILL? On June 11, Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2016 defense spending bill, 27-3. On June 18, those same Democrats joined forces with the...
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June 18, 2015
CALL TO ACTION! Despite a veto threat from the White House, the Senate kicked off consideration of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill last week. AUSA has a big problem with some of the provisions approved by the Senate Armed Services...
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May 28, 2015
WHAT’S THE RUSH? Lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee approved the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill last week. Included in the measure is a proposal that would fundamentally change the current military retirement system. The...
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May 6, 2015
DEFENSE PANEL APPROVES POLICY BILL Who said Congress never works? Around 4:30 this morning, after almost 19 hours of debate, the House Armed Services Committee passed their version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill by a vote of 60-2. The...
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April 16, 2015
4/16/2015 Message from the AUSA President At Fort Drum, N.Y., Defense Secretary Ash Carter told soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division last week the nation faces many challenges, and “we cannot meet them in garrison. We have to be out there.” His...
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March 24, 2015
3/24/2015 “A LOT OF PEOPLE don’t realize that since 2010, defense has been cut 18 percent. It’s actually 24 percent if you count the effects of inflation. Defense is now 16 percent of the federal budget, and yet it has had to absorb 50 percent of...
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March 2, 2015
TOP ENLISTED LEADERS TO CONGRESS: BUDGETS “CUT TO THE BONE" In a hearing before the House Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, the services’ top enlisted leaders said that service budgets have been "cut to the...
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February 11, 2015
2/11/2015 Legislative News Update THE ARMY would get a $7 billion increase in its base budget for 2016 under the Obama administration plan submitted to Congress this week. The increase primarily goes to operations, maintenance and weapons...
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January 29, 2015
1/29/2015 AUSA: Seeking Stability (& Sanity) In 2015 The regular Army and the National Guard are increasingly at loggerheads — not because they don’t respect each other, but because both want to protect their funding, their mission, and their...
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January 13, 2015
1/13/2015 SEVEN QUESTIONS FOR GEN. GORDON R. SULLIVAN, USA RET., AUSA PRESIDENT AND CEO 1. What was AUSA’s greatest accomplishment in 2014? We did three important things to help the Army. First, we sounded the clarion call for a trained and ready...