Today, the National Governors Association (NGA) commended Congress for passing a security supplemental appropriation that reimburses the National Guard for its recent security support mission at the U.S. Capitol.
This much-needed funding ensures that states and territories will no longer be faced with the hard and unnecessary financial decisions on cancelling drill and annual training, deferring maintenance on critical equipment and delaying facility repairs, and furloughing and pausing the hiring of Guard members and civilians.
However, this 11th hour funding package did not stave off the cancellation of some smaller training events across the states and territories that may have negative impacts to Guard readiness. But Governors are thankful that further challenges to training and morale can be averted. Governors encourage Congress to support the National Guard regardless of external political factors. Our National Guard has gone above and beyond to support this nation and its members and families should receive the support they need in a timely fashion.