Governor Kelly requests National Guard assistance

November 25, 2020 - 5:44 am
Governor Kelly requests National Guard assistance

Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal via USA Today NETWORK

Governor Laura Kelly says that she has sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting his approval of an extension to Title 32 authority, allowing Kansas to continue utilizing the Kansas National Guard in its efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, keep Kansans safe, and keep schools and businesses open.  

Title 32 allows governors to mobilize their state’s national guard in order to respond to natural disasters or other emergencies.  In the letter, Governor Kelly requests that President Trump approve and direct the Office of Management and Budget, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Secretary of Defense to extend Title 32 and 100% of funding for up to 500 members of the Kansas National Guard through March 31 of next year.  

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Governor Kelly said, "With the President’s approval, this extension will enable Kansas to maintain community-based testing, continue distributing medical and testing supplies, and ensure Kansas businesses can stay open."

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