Governors Say Obama Defends Guard Cuts

NGAUS Washington Report

(Feb. 25, 2104) Governors who met with President Barack Obama Monday say he defended cuts to the National Guard found in the fiscal 2015 defense budget proposal released the same day.

“He said, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends too much money, you will hear from me,’” said Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, when speaking to reporters after the meeting at the White House.

Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., accused Obama of “trying to punish all these people who are asking for debt reduction by cutting the National Guard.”

In the budget released at the Pentagon by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Army National Guard is reduced to a force of 335,000 from 350,000 and all of the AH-64 Apache helicopters are removed from the Army Guard. The Air National Guard loses out by the retirement of the entire A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter fleet.

Gov. Terry Branstad, R-Iowa, said of Obama, “I would characterize that he was a little defensive on that issue. He talks about how they had to cut spending and all that.”