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But the federal government will pick up the tab for other expenses, like the cost of deploying the National Guard. The Pentagon said Monday that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has approved a request from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to have the federal government pay the cost of mobilizing the National Guard. About 6,000 Louisiana National Guard members have been authorized for use in the oil cleanup efforts, and so far 600 of those guardsmen have been formally requested by the on-scene coordinator, Rear Adm. Mary Landry.
Gates may be asked to authorize similar numbers of National Guard members in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama, department sources tell Fox News.
Of course our wonderful and generous government doesn't feel the need to bill them becauase we have so much extra money laying around in government coffers.
Jindal requested federal funding on Thursday to pay for up to 6,000 National Guard troops to assist. Pentagon approval came late Friday, though Defense Department officials noted that the governor could deploy his Guard at any time.
“Governor Jindal has the authority vested in him to deploy his National Guard forces in the event of an emergency and can do so at a time of his choosing,” Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary said, according to Stars and Stripes.
The National Guard is America’s oldest armed force—dating back to 1636—and the only branch that serves both the Federal and State governments. The Guard answers to both the president of the United States and the governors of their respective states and territories.
This means that the National Guard can be mobilized any time natural disasters or other emergencies occur within America’s borders,
Originally posted by SlickOil
Hey genius I didnt say we shouldnt deploy them. I said we should be sendng the bill to BP for the payroll of the guard, gas used, depreciation on vehicles and the like.
Originally posted by belial259
America and Obama are nothing to the likes of BP or Rio Tinto or BHP/Billiton and he's really pushing his luck with this.
Originally posted by kinda kurious
Just kurious. How is our President "pushing his luck?"
Is that some sort of inferred threat?