Rahall opposes cuts to National Guard budget - WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville

Rahall opposes cuts to National Guard budget

Posted: Updated:
  • GovernmentGovernmentMore>>

  • National Preparedness Month encourages residents to plan response to weather, other emergencies

    National Preparedness Month encourages residents to plan response to weather, other emergencies

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:26:18 GMT
    National Preparedness Month, celebrated each September, is a nationwide program hosted by the Ready Campaign to encourage households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. 
    The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is participating in National Preparedness Month, now in its 11th year. National Preparedness Month, celebrated each September, is a nationwide program hosted by the Ready Campaign to encourage households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. 
  • UPDATE: Two appointments made to commission tasked with studying chemical spill bill

    UPDATE: Two appointments made to commission tasked with studying chemical spill bill

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:43:38 GMT
    Senate Bill 373, a bill drafted in response to the Jan. 9 chemical leak, establishes a commission to do studies and report back to the Legislature. Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, made the first appointment to that board on Aug. 29. Kessler appointed Dr. Rahul Gupta, Executive Director of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department.
    Senate Bill 373, a bill drafted in response to the Jan. 9 chemical leak, establishes a commission to do studies and report back to the Legislature. Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, made the first appointment to that board on Aug. 29. Kessler appointed Dr. Rahul Gupta, Executive Director of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department.
  • Treating toxic water may cost New Castle, Delaware $1M

    Treating toxic water may cost New Castle, Delaware $1M

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:09 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:09:22 GMT
    Officials have focused on the longtime use of fire-fighting foams at the nearby Delaware Air National Guard Base at New Castle Airport. Those foams contain perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, which are an emerging health concern for drinking water supplies nationwide.
    Officials have focused on the longtime use of fire-fighting foams at the nearby Delaware Air National Guard Base at New Castle Airport. Those foams contain perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, which are an emerging health concern for drinking water supplies nationwide.

As Congress works on negotiating the defense budget ahead of the so-called fiscal cliff, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking members to leave the National Guard alone.

Rahall signed a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the chairman and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees last week, asking they protect the West Virginia Air National Guard from cuts to its force structure and manpower as proposed in the U.S. Air Force budget submission earlier this year. The Air Guard budget cuts, which were proposed without input from governors and adjutant generals, would result in the loss of 193 Air Guard personnel in West Virginia, according to Rahall's office.

"At a time when our military faces intense pressures due to multiple deployments abroad and federal budget austerity at home, I intend to keep fighting to ensure that the West Virginia National Guard has the resources and support it needs to remain a model of excellence," Rahall said in a statement.

Rahall's letter asks for the freezing of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve force structure and manpower for the 2013 fiscal year and for the establishment of a National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force to provide a more transparent mechanism for addressing the Guard's budget going forward.

Rahall joined other members of West Virginia's congressional delegation earlier this year in elevating the National Guard to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Rahall said he believes the Guard's input should be considered as part of any deficit reduction effort that could affect the military.

"These are very tough and austere budgetary times," he said. "I am going to fight hard to protect the needs of our men and women in uniform and fight to ensure they have every resource necessary to fulfill their missions."