State officials oppose National Guard budget cuts
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Apr 16, 2015
State government leaders this week asked President Obama and members of Congress to reject federal funding cuts for the National Guard.
In a letter from the National Lieutenant Governors Association -- co-signed by 25 lieutenant governors, senate presidents and secretaries of state -- second-in-command state officials expressed uniform opposition to potential cuts to the Army National Guard in the fiscal 2016 U.S. Army budget proposal.
"As a unique state-based military force, the National Guard is the only military force that is shared by the states and the federal government," the letter stated. " It is a ready, reliable, and essential force that responds to national disasters and emergencies, and is critical to peace and security at home and abroad. ... However, the Army has proposed to eliminate more than 8,000 Army National Guard positions, including 1,700 full-time positions necessary to maintain the Guard’s readiness and transfer its Apache helicopters to the active component."
"These National Guard budgets would cut Army National Guard forces to a pre-2001 level," the letter continued. "A return to these levels is contrary to the interest of the states and nation and we encourage transparent discussion of active duty and National Guard force structure pre- and post-9/11."