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Naval aviation takes center stage
The clock is ticking on Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Authorization and Appropriations bills this spring and summer, as by July or sooner, Members of Congress will be focusing their attention on the 2014 midterm Congressional elections. As soon as the budget rolled out in March 2014, the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) was busy engaging lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill to argue some of the priorities the Navy, Navy Reserve, Veteran and military family communities have in regards to the FY15 President’s Budget (PB) request.

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Strategic vs. budget decisions
As you may have noticed in the news over the last few months, major changes are being proposed in regards to our military. Personnel compensation and benefits changes have been the first shot across the bow; but now further shots are being fired on our servicemembers and Veterans as well as upon our military’s capabilities to deter aggression and provide for our national security, as equipment and program cuts appear to be weakening our posture overseas.

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Congress limps into 2014
When I was younger, I was taught, “If you’re going to do something, do it right the first time,” otherwise the consequences of repetition and speed without thinking ahead can be dire. However, this is something that Congress has done since being back in session. Their final actions in 2013 will have profound consequences, as they approach consideration and submission of the President’s Budget (PB) request for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15).

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05
Shutdowns, debt ceilings and budgets dominate
This past fall, for the first time in 17 years since the famous Gingrich vs. Clinton 1996 shutdown, the Federal government was forced to close due to failed budget negotiations between the House, the Senate and the Administration. The shutdown of the Federal government began on the early morning of 1 October 2013, when the House and Senate both failed to agree and pass a stopgap spending Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14).

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A legislative history of Veterans Day
On 31 October 1921, Representative Andrew Volstead of Minnesota introduced House Joint Resolution 215, “to declare [11 November 1921], a legal public holiday.” On that day, the House agreed by unanimous consent to the resolution, and it was brought up for consideration in the Senate by Senator Knute Nelson of Minnesota on 2 November 1921.

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Fast and furious progress on Authorization and Appropriation Bills
August/September 2013 - Navy by Anthony A. Wallis This summer has been, needless to say, aside from one of the most humid here in DC, one of the m...

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The budget and future shipbuilding plan
In recent years, it is typical that the President’s Budget (PB) is released late. Usually a late January or early February drop is expected; but this year, given sequestration being triggered on 1 March 2013 and all the budget uncertainty involved with it, the 2014 Fiscal Year (FY14) started wildly late with a PB drop on 10 April 2013.

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Sequestration hits the fleet hard
Due to the failure of the White House and Congress to reach a mutual agreement, the massive and indiscriminate across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration have started as of 1 March 2013. The $85.3 billion in automatic spending cuts are affecting every field of discretionary spending, from education to national defense.

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New Congress inherits unresolved issues left by old Congress
The opening weeks of the 113th Congress were met with some bitter feelings amongst lawmakers on Capitol Hill. This was mostly a result of the hectic last minute negotiating on a solution to the “fiscal- cliff” to ensure that the country did not default. An “11th hour” compromise was negotiated, mostly in part to the relationship between Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and passed the Senate on 31 December 2012 followed by passage in the House on 1 January 2013.

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Time’s up for the 112th; new priorities for the 113th Congress on the horizon
First, I would like to congratulate President Obama on his reelection this past November as well as all the new members of the soon-to-be 113th Congress. The swearing in ceremony for the new Congress will be right after the New Year followed by the Presidential Inauguration on 20 January 2013.

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Legislation successes on key veterans bills
It’s been a busy summer season and with all the Legislative Updates, Legislative Alerts, Capitol Hill Blogs and AUSN Tweets, we’ve accomplished quite a lot.

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The unusual pace of Capitol Hill
A few of our members here at AUSN have been writing about the high volume of material coming out of the Legislative Department here at our Alexandria, VA headquarters. Trust me, I understand seeing my mailbox flooded with materials that I simply don’t know what to do with. However, Congress is working at an unusually fast pace given its history of putting things off.

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The great sequestration debate
There’s a frightening word floating around Capitol Hill and it isn’t “partisanship” or “reelection” (although depending on how Congress works with this word, it will determine their participation in the 113th Congress). The word is “sequestration” and it has lawmakers, especially those serving on the House and Senate Armed Services, Appropriations and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, on edge.

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Introducing our new Director of Legislation
The President’s 2013 budget is now on the Hill and the work begins in earnest. It is the season for testimony and we look forward to our opportunities to voice your concerns and to support the Navy.

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In the first week of January, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was to unveil his view of right sizing the Defense Department for the future. Instead, on the fifth, the President traveled to the Pentagon to make the announcement.

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Legislative Priorities 2012-2015: It is up to us

The following are the legislative priorities that I believe that AUSN should pursue for the next few years. These are based on different inputs: AUSN members and veterans, serving members, and Congressional Members and staff.

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November 11th, 2011 at 1100

This Veterans Day of 2011 gives us a lot to think about and consider. In preparing this article, I had the privilege to have dinner with a Medal of Honor recipient, World War II Veteran, and a great American statesman, Senator Dan Inouye (D-HI). It was surreal to listen to the Senator talk about changes in American politics, Defense of our Nation, War, and the challenges ahead.

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We live in difficult times
We face economic issues we've never seen before. If you're like me, deficit reduction and military cuts issues leave you with questions such as how do we survive, keep America strong, continue to support our families and all the while have hope and maintain a positive attitude.

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The Independent Payment Advisory Board - What is IPAB?
Over the last few years, health care issues for military and veterans and their families have risen to many passionate discussions and considerations. The topic is not likely to go away during the current stalled debate over the debt ceiling crisis.

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National Defense Authorization is making progress - Veterans’ issues remain unresolved
August 2011 - Navy By CAPT Ike Puzon, USN (Ret) The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) cleared the Senate version of the National Defense Aut...

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