National Guard Caucus Members Expand Message; Look for Resolution Co-Sponsors

Members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate circulated a letterto their colleagues in Congress asking them to co-sponsor a Concurrent Resolution honoring the National Guard’s 375 years of service and affirming congressional support for ‘maintaining an Operational Reserve as a component of the Armed Forces.’ (In the House – H.Con.Res.129 and in the Senate – S.Con.Res.48)

While we wait to see the language that comes out of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, it is pretty clear Congress is not in agreement with the Air Force on how they trimmed their budget, that is, by making disproportional cuts to the Air National Guard. This has been evident in hearing after hearing, mark up after mark up, and most importantly, in the language coming from the House NDAA and Appropriations bill, and the Senate Armed Services Committee approved NDAA.

This Resolution will only help to solidify the position of Congress – the National Guard is a critical part of our military and should not be treated unfairly when it comes to budget decisions. The signatories of the letter acknowledge hard choices must be made in this budgetary climate, but decisions made to disproportionately cut the most cost effective military force; well that makes no sense.
So get the word out! Call, email, write your Senators and Representative and ask them to co-sponsor this important Resolution.
  • H.Con.Res.129 is sponsored by Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-MI). National Guard and Reserve Caucus Co-Chairs Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-CA), and Timothy Walz (R-MI) as well as Nick Rahall (D-WV), signed on as original cosponsors. (all four are members of the Caucus)
  • In the Senate, S.Con.Res.48 is sponsored by the National Guard Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

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