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NDAA Amendments would Elevate Guard Chief, Boost ChalleNGe

September 25, 2021

From the National Guard Association of the United States website

House lawmakers have begun considering the annual defense policy bill, with debates and votes on dozens of amendments likely stretching well into the week.

More than 800 potential amendments have been submitted for the House version of the fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, which currently adds $24 billion to what the Pentagon requested earlier this year.

The funding increase will likely be a point of debate with progressive Democrats pushing to revert to a smaller bill. The House Rules Committee will also consider amendments to the bill starting this week.

Several of the amendments would have a direct impact on National Guard leaders, programs and services.

Among them are provisions that would help elevate the role of the chief of the National Guard Bureau. One amendment would expand the Armed Forces Policy Council to include the chief. Another would add the chief to the list of officers that can be selected by the president to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Other proposed amendments would:

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