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FY 2011 National Defense Authorization and Appropriations Update

The FY-2011 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is currently awaiting Senate floor action after passage in the House. The original defense budget proposed a $549 billion base budget (a 3.4% increase) and $159 billion more to support war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The FY 2011 Defense Appropriations Bill or War Supplemental have still not been passed at this time. Some highlights follow which have not passed at this writing:

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Legislation Update 111th 2nd Session of Congress – Some Key Bills to Watch
May 2010 Navy by CAPT Ike Puzon, USN (Ret) AUSN attempts to provide you updates on Congressional Bills that address issues that are important to our...

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Watch the “Debt Commission” Closely!
April 2010 Navy By CAPT Ike Puzon, USN (Ret) Recently, President Obama signed an executive order creating the National Commission on Fiscal Responsi...

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Legislative Update: VA, TRICARE, QDR, and RWW
March 2010 Navy by CAPT Ike Puzon, USN (Ret) As the President’s Budget and the Quadrennial Defense Review were rolled out last week, the issues are ...

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TRICARE
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Accomplishments for 2009, ambitious goals for 2010

Going forward, AUSN will focus and act on the greater national security and maritime security need of the U.S. Navy along with the needs of the Navy Reserve. We have built our 2010 legislative agenda and government relations goals around our new focus.

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Military Health Care, Military Benefits, and Legislative Goals
January 2010 Navy by CAPT Ike Puzon, USN (Ret) “A Veteran – whether active duty, discharged, retired, national guard, or reserve – is someone who, a...

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Legislative Update–Current Issues/Legislation

At this writing, AUSN recently learned that the Pentagon leadership has increased the inpatient fees for TRICARE Standard. We have written letters to the Department of Defense and leadership in Congress expressing our shock and disagreement with these TRICARE Standard copayment increases.

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Defense Budget, Personnel, and Weapons Programs
October 2009 Navy Magazine by CAPT Ike Puzon, USN (Ret) DoD leaders continue to assert that rising health care costs and personnel benefits are cont...

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Senate Passes Defense Authorization Bill, S. 1390
September 2009 Navy by CAPT Ike Puzon, USN (Ret) The Senate surprisingly passed the Senate version of the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization Act...

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On the Hill August 2009, Navy by CAPT Ike Puzon, USN (Ret) We have been working hard for our members, service members, and families to accomplish t...

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AUSN Congressional Testimony

At a recent Senate Armed Services Committee – Personnel Subcommittee hearing, I delivered the following testimony in conjunction with our TMC (The Military Coalition) partners. Because of only three minutes to deliver oral remarks, I focused on needed improvements in (1) early retirement, (2) health care benefits for Guard and Reserve members, and (3) the Montgomery GI Bill for Reserve members. This testimony can be seen on our

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Congressional, Testimony
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Did a Few of Our Founding Fathers Predict "Pork Barrel" Spending?

Few things arouse the American public more than the announcement of each year’s Congressional “pork barrel” spending. The Citizens Against Government Waste, a taxpayer watchdog group, even publishes their own Pig Book to further incite the American public toward the wasteful spending of their Senators and Representatives. However, is there a veiled political purpose to this type of spending?

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As we move towards changes in our Association, we will incorporate future equipment and personnel issues in our new legislative agenda that will focus on the overall needs of the Navy and the Navy Reserve. For the remainder of this calendar year, we will continue to focus on our original CY 2009 legislative agenda posted on our Web site.

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Start of 111th Congress

We have received numerous inquires about a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report. Many have claimed that TRICARE for Life (TFL) is at risk.The CBO report lists 115 options for reducing federal spending on health care, altering federal health care programs, and making substantive changes to the nation’s health insurance system.

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February 2009 NRA News by CAPT Ike Puzon, Director of Legislation It is clear that the entire U.S. budget is under pressure for this year...

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The Department of Defense and the military services have stated that the level of Reserve Component contributions to the total force will continue at the same pace for many years. Currently, over 677,000 Guard and Reserve members have been mobilized for GWOT and contingency operations.

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With the recently passed FY06 Defense Authorization and Appropriation Acts, the Navy Reserve has had five years of rebalancing and transformation. Because these critical defense bills were passed extremely late, the military, including Reserve Components, are implementing FY06 budget authorities, reacting to the FY07 budget request, and working on POM FY08 submissions.

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The Senate passed the FY06 NDAA on 22 December 2005, following the House passage earlier in that week. The President signed the NDAA into law on 6 January 2006. The Naval Reserve Association played a key role in the successful inclusion of a number of issues in the NDAA through direct involvement with Congress and through our membership with The Military Coalition, National Military Veterans Alliance, along with other associations.

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By the time you read this article, Congress will, in fact, have completed the authorization bill by mid-December, and hopefully, the Defense Appropriations Act as well. What’s wrong with this picture? Two months have passed in the FY06, and our service members, their families, and unit commanders are operating under a continuing resolution. For those who operate in the military, this is almost a totally untenable position. Your involvement with your Congressional delegation can change these types of things, including obtaining legislative goals.

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