Rick Scott to Obama: End Furloughs
Gov. Rick Scott has joined forces with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant in sending a letter to President Barack Obama, calling for an immediate end to the National Guard furloughs. The furloughs (forced leave without pay) began Monday.
"We are deeply concerned that the furlough will impact the readiness of the National Guard of our states to respond to state and regional emergencies during this traditional period of extreme weather," read the letter.
The letter goes on to explain that the furlough hits at a particularly difficult time of hurricanes, wildfires and flooding, from May to October. It also explains the problems of sequestration -- according to the letter, nearly 50 percent of uniformed military personnel will be furloughed one day a week from July to September, causing a reduction of the ability to perform administrative,maintenanceand training tasks by 20 percent.
Gov. Scott has repeatedly called for an end to the furloughs, saying they will cause significant problems to the state and to the public because Florida Guardsmen will need additional days to mobilize before a storm hits the Sunshine State.
Republicanshave also frequently accused the Obama administrationof purposefully withholding federal funds from critical areas in order to give the appearance that mandatory spending cuts from the 2013 budget sequestration are catastrophic for the country.
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