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MO Lt. Gov. Kinder signs letter opposing National Guard funding cuts

MISSOURI (KFVS) -

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder was among 25 lieutenant governors and secretaries of state who signed a letter on Tuesday, April 14 to President Barack Obama and Congress opposing proposed federal funding cuts to the National Guard.

The National Guard is the only military force shared by the states and the federal government.

“The National Guard is a critical resource for Missouri in terms of emergency response, in addition to contributing to the country's defense,” Kinder said. “As we learned in the 2011 Joplin tornado, and similar disasters since, Missouri's citizen-soldiers are the best-trained force for reacting to large natural disasters. I oppose these federal cuts, as do many of my colleagues around the nation.”

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman of Connecticut, chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association, added that retaining high levels of readiness “is paramount to the safety of our residents and our homeland security.”

In the letter to President Obama, the seconds-in-command of the states and territories pointed out that the pending funding proposal would return National Guard funding to a pre-9/11 level.

You can click here to see a copy of the co-signed letter.

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