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Pennsylvania General Assembly Unanimously Supports Military Technicians
PNGAS Chair Joel Mutschler addresses Jun 19 press conference
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations, or PNGAS, participated ina press conference at 10 a.m. on June 19, 2013, in the Main Rotunda of the state Capitol Building in Harrisburg, to mark the passing of state legislation supporting the exemption of National Guard military technicians from furlough caused by sequestration.
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Speakers included leaders of both the Senate and House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees; Joel Mutschler, Chairman of the PNGAS; and Maj. Gen. Randall Marchi, Pennsylvania Deputy Adjutant General – Army.
State Senate Resolution 104, sponsored by Sen. Tim Solobay, with broad bi-partisan co-sponsorship, was unanimously approved by Senate of Pennsylvania on June 12, 2013. This resolution urges the President of the United States and Congress to support the enactment of H.R. 1014.
Representative Chris Sainato introduced a similar resolution (H.R. 360) in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. This resolution also has broad bi-partisan support and was passed unanimously on June 18, 2013.
U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo of Mississippi's 4th Congressional District, the only concurrently serving enlisted member of the National Guard in Congress, introduced H.R. 1014, a bill that would exempt military technicians from sequestration by including them in military personnel accounts now and in the future.
The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations along with our national associations, National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) strongly support H.R. 1014.
"The President, Congress and the Department of Defense all agreed to exempt uniformed personnel from the sequester to limit the impact on military readiness; however, the furlough of military technicians violates that intent,” said Joel Mutschler, Chairman of the PNGAS. "Frankly, our nation’s government condoning the furlough of uniformed service members is appalling. We thank the Pennsylvania General Assembly for their steadfast support and joining us in expressing to Congress and the President that they need to correct this oversight.”
As of June 17, 2013, there are 36 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle that have joined U.S. Representative Palazzo in support of military technicians.
"Specifically, we thank U.S. Representatives Scott Perry, Charlie Dent, Allyson Schwartz, G.T. Thompson, Matt Cartwright, and Jim Gerlach for their co-sponsorship of H.R. 1014,” Mutschler said. "We hope that the other members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation and all members of Congress will join in support of this important legislation to correct this oversight.”
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On 12-13 March 2013, PNGAS visited the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation at the Capitol in Washington. Led by PNGAS Chair Angela Stateler, Vice Chair Joel Mutschler, with Major General Wesley Craig, a group Pennsylvania National Guard association members fanned out across the Capitol to brief our Congressional Delegation on our federal legislative priorities and issues of concern.
We asked our members of Congress to support H.R.1014, introduced by Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., to exempt National Guard and Reserve military technicians from sequester furloughs. With over 1,800 military technicians in Pennsylvania, the sequester significantly impacts our ability to prepare the commonwealth for natural and man-made crises.
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