CHARLESTON — A bill to prohibit the federal government’s use of the West Virginia National Guard was nearly discharged from the Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday, with the motion failing after a tie vote in the House of Delegates.
Del. Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock, the lead sponsor of House Bill 2732, the Defend the Guard Act, moved to discharge the bill from the minor committee and send it to the Judiciary Committee instead. The bill would prohibit the overseas deployment of the state National Guard without an official declaration of war from Congress. The last time an official declaration of war was issued was World War II.