Three southern Republican governors called on President Barack Obama Monday to end National Guard furloughs resulting from sequestration cuts.
Govs. Rick Scott (Fla.), Bobby Jindal (La.) and Phil Bryant (Miss.) said in a letter that the cuts would harm their states’ abilities to fight natural disasters, and they urged the administration to direct the Department of Defense to reverse the policy.
“The furlough hits us at a historically inopportune time, as evidenced by many years of hurricanes, wildfires and flooding in our states from May through October,” they wrote. “Under sequestration, nearly 50 percent of our full-time uniformed military personnel will be furloughed one day per week from July through September.” They added that the cuts would mean less equipment to battle natural disasters.”