Rick Scott Sounds Alarm over Obama Cuts to National Guard in Hurricane Season
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Just a month into the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, Forida Gov. Rick Scott is sounding the alarm over draconian cuts to the National Guard set to take place Monday.
The cuts are expected to affect 50 percent of Florida's Guardsmen, resulting in the furlough (forced leave without pay) of several, and a 20 percent pay reduction to those who remain active.
On June 5, just four days after the start of hurricane season, Scott sent a letter to Florida's U.S. senators, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, begging their assistance in convincing President Obama to take Scott up on his offer to lend the assistance of the state's budget experts to the U.S. Department of Defense, a suggestion that also appears to have been rebuffed.
Scott's letter notes that the cuts mean Florida Guardsmen will now need at least two additional days to mobilize before any storm hits Florida, “at an even greater cost to the state, to say nothing of the impact on public safety."
Republicans have frequently accused the Obama administration of 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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