Huckabee Says More Info Needed on Guard Budget Plans

MARCH 1, 2006 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - Governor Huckabee says the nation's governors need more information from the White House on how budget plans will affect National Guard strength in their states.

Huckabee spoke to the Adjutants General Association and National Guard Association a day after meeting with President Bush about the potential Guard cuts.

Huckabee says he's confident the administration has heard the governors' concerns about the cuts.  He says the group will oppose any reductions in the guard.

Bush's 2007 budget supports a state-controlled National Guard of about 333,000 citizen soldiers rather than the 350,000 authorized by Congress.  It also proposes paying for 188,000 Army Reserve troops rather than the 205,000 Congress authorized.

Huckabee says it's not clear how the budget will affect the Arkansas National Guard.

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