Delegates move along bill requiring congressional war declaration to activate W.Va. Guard for combat

By Brad McElhinny in News | February 11, 2020 at 7:21PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  Last week, Delegate Pat McGeehan lost — on a tie vote — a motion on the House floor to discharge from committee a bill that would prohibit West Virginia’s National Guard reservists from serving in non-declared war zones.

But McGeehan, a former Air Force captain who served in Afghanistan, did secure a promise that the bill would be considered in committee. And on Tuesday afternoon, during the final 15 minutes of a committee meeting, a majority of delegates voted to pass the bill along.

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