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Senate easily votes to give Guard a seat on JCS

from Marine Corps Times

The National Guard has taken a big step toward gaining a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff after the Senate agreed with House-passed legislation to give the Guard a place at the table with the other military leaders. By voice vote and with only a passing word of dissent, the Senate attached the National Guard Empowerment Act to the 2012 defense authorization bill. Because the House version of the defense bill contains similar provisions, the military leaders who made clear earlier this month they don't want to add a permanent seat at the table for the Guard will have limited ability to try to stop that from happening. more

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