Formal legislative action plan released

Formal legislative action plan released

Providing the Army National Guard with additional full-time manning and reducing the $5.4 billion National Guard Military Construction backlog (see page 20) top the NGAUS 1999 Legislative Action Plan released this month.

A complete summary of other priority issues and initiatives needs are also outlined in the plan. The full-color, 36-page booklet has been distributed to all 535 members of Congress and their staffs.

The first session of the 106th Congress has just started work on the fiscal year 2000 defense budget.

A condensed version of the LAP ran in the March NATIONAL GUARD magazine. The full document will be available in a portable document format on the NGAUS web site at www.ngaus.org.

The association’s FY 2000 legislative priorities were established through the passage of resolutions at the 120th NGAUS General Conference in September 1998.

“Ours is a grassroots agenda,” said Chris Small, NGAUS legislative director. “Our members believe the issues presented are critical to maintaining or enhancing the military readiness and capabilities of the National Guard.”

The action plan details a variety of force structure, readiness, modernization and personnel objectives and makes specific recommendations to Congress.

Topping that list is bolstering the Army Guard’s full-time manning. The Army Guard requires at minimum 23,500 Active Guard and Reserve personnel and 25,500 technicians. However, the Pentagon only requested FY 2000 funds for 21,807 AGRs and 22,500 technicians.

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