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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Governors Wary of Change on Troops

presidential power or abuse It's allways important to pay attention when dealing with the Bush Administration.   Is that an understatement or what...?   Are you active in your state politics...?   I am in constant touch with my reps and the local candidate for Ohio Govenor, Ted Strickland.   It might pay for you to touch bases with your reps while on their vaction...   - fc

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Governors Wary of Change on Troops
House Bill Would Increase President's Authority Over National Guard Units

By David S. Broder
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 6, 2006; Page A05

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 5 -- The nation's governors on Saturday launched a bipartisan drive to block a move to expand the president's authority to take over National Guard troops in case of natural disaster or homeland security threats.

At a closed-door luncheon on the opening day of the annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association, the chairman, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), told colleagues that a provision in the House-passed defense authorization bill would end the historic link between the states and their Guard units.

Huckabee and the association's vice chairman, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D), plan to ask all the governors at the session to sign a letter of protest Sunday aimed at killing the provision when House and Senate conferees meet next month on the bill.

The provision was tucked into the House version of the defense bill without notice to the states, something Vilsack said he resents as much as the proposal itself.

Under the provision, the president would have authority to take control of the Guard in case of "a serious natural or manmade disaster, accident or catastrophe" in the United States.

Calls to a spokesman for the White House National Security Council staff, where the plan reportedly originated, were not returned.

In addition to the National Guard, he cited the new "Real ID" legislation, requiring states to ascertain the citizenship status of everyone seeking a driver's license. Huckabee said that, in effect, "they are trying to make every entry-level employee in our [department of motor vehicles] offices an immigration officer, and they're giving us no money to train them or hire them. It is a disaster in the making."

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