Rep. Chris Collins pushes amendment to support Reserve, National Guard
Thursday June 20, 2013 | By:The Sun Staff |
An amendment supporting the National Guard and Military Reserve Force advanced by Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has been adopted by the House of Representatives. Collins successfully inserted the amendment into the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, which establishes all programs and spending levels for the Department of Defense.
The amendment urges US military leadership to maintain a strong National Guard and Military Reserve Force. Collins’ Congressional district includes the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, home to the Air Force Reserve’s 914th Airlift Wing and the Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing.
The amendment calls on the Secretary of Defense to ensure that the National Guard and Reserve are both fully manned and fully funded, and remain critical components of the nation’s Armed Forces, especially at a time when America looks to maintain our combat power during a time of budget austerity. The amendment also sends a message that Congress will not stand for proposals that look to diminish the role and importance of the National Guard and Reserve.
“History proves that in times of need, America has called upon its National Guard and Reserve to help its citizens at home and defend its freedom abroad,” said Collins.
“Recent events have showed us that the National Guard and Reserve are more important than ever,” continued Collins. “On Sept. 11, 2001, it was members of the Air National Guard that flew the first jets over New York City and our nation’s capital. Many members of both the National Guard and Reserve have fought and died for this country in both Iraq and Afghanistan. And, when natural disasters strike, members of the National Guard and Reserve respond quickly, often at the expense of their own personal safety.”
During the amendment process, Collins also helped lead the effort to defeat a proposal that would have prohibited the Army National Guard from sponsoring certain sporting events, including Motor Sport races. Collins took to the House floor condemning the proposal for wrongly targeting one the best recruiting practices of the National Guard.
Motor Sport sponsorship programs have helped the Guard add 400,000 new citizen soldiers since it began in 2007, many of whom were sworn in right at the racetrack.
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