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Jul 10, 2013 5:29 PM

Southern governors tell Obama to end Guard furloughs

Governors from three Southern states have sent a letter to President Barack Obama decrying sequestration cuts that have forced furloughs for National Guard technicians nationwide.

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The letter, addressed to Obama from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, cites the approaching peak of the hurricane season, summertime wildfire threats and potential flooding during this time of year as reasons not to enforce the furloughs now.

"The recent tragedies with the Oklahoma tornado and the Colorado wildfires clearly illustrate the need for National Guardsmen and there equipment to respond to the needs of our citizens," the letter concludes. "Help us defend our homeland and safeguard our states when they are most vulnerable to disasters, by ending the National Guard furloughs."

According to Louisiana National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Kazmierzak, the furlough affects approximately 1,000 technicians in Louisiana. They plan to have the state's furloughs in effect primarily during August and September.

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