Report: Governors, Sheriffs, Adjutant Generals oppose Guard federalization provision slipped into defense bill
The National Governors Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Adjutants General Association of the United States all oppose a provision of the 2007 Defense Authorization Act granting more power to the president to federalize National Guard forces for domestic purposes.
The provision “was slipped, with little debate and no open discussion,” into that law, North Carolina Gov. Michael Easley said Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering a new bill to repeal the law.
“There is unanimous support, and you know how hard that is to find among the nation’s governors, to release these dangerous provisions,” said Easley, co-leader of the National Governors Association’s task force on Guard issues.
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