McGeehan to reintroduce ‘Protect the Guard’ bill

CHESTER — On five occasions Delegate Patrick McGeehan has introduced legislation seeking to keep West Virginia troops from seeing overseas duty when no act of war has been declared by Congress — and he’s going to try it a sixth time in 2020.

CHESTER — On five occasions Delegate Patrick McGeehan has introduced legislation seeking to keep West Virginia troops from seeing overseas duty when no act of war has been declared by Congress — and he’s going to try it a sixth time in 2020.

McGeehan, R-Hancock, said he will reintroduce “Protect The Guard” legislation when the West Virginia Legislature returns to action next month.

Currently, the authority to activate the National Guard rests with West Virginia’s governor.

“A declaration of war is constitutionally important,” McGeehan said. “It is our duty — if we are going to take our oath seriously — that the constitution be followed before we relinquish our guard into combat.

“No war, no guard troops.”

McGeehan is a graduate of the Air Force Academy who previously served as chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee. His bill was passed out of the committee during the 2019 session, but House leadership tabled the legislation.

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