Senator Rodriguez statement on Texas National Guard cuts due to Sequestration
Austin, July 19 — Senator Jose Rodriguez, a member of the Texas Senate Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee, issued the following statement about the impact that sequestration will have on Texas civilian employees of the military, and particularly on the Texas National Guard:
I have concerns regarding the furloughs of Department of Defense civilian employees, Military Technicians, and members of the National Guard and Reserves. In addition to lost wages and the resulting drag on the economy, Texas is about to enter its storm season, and it is the National Guard that we rely upon for emergency response. I add my voice to those imploring Congress to step up and find solutions instead of obstructing our nation's safety and economy.
The Texas Senate Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee has sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Defense and Veterans' Affairs, outlining the impact on Texas military employees should the sequestration not be reversed. The text of that letter is attached.
Jose Rodriguez represents Texas Senate District 29, which includes the counties of El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis and Presidio. He represents both urban and rural, and more than 350 miles of Texas-Mexico border. Senator Rodriguez was elected in 2010; he is Vice Chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee and is a member of the Criminal Justice, Veterans Affairs and Military Installations, and Government Organization committees.