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National Guard loses bid for seat on the Joint Chiefs

The National Guard suffered a rare defeat on Capitol Hill, losing a bid for a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The 1998 defense authorization bill, expected to be headed to President Clinton's desk in days, no longer includes a Senate provision to give the Guard a four-star position on the Joint Chiefs.The original proposal came over the vehement objections of the Joint Chiefs, who represent the active-duty force, the White House and the secretary of defense. A compromise version, without the Joint Chiefs position for the Guard, was completed Thursday night by the House National Security and Senate Armed Services committees.