The White House refused to comment publicly on the inequality of funds and referred POLITICO to the Department of Defense, which did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The states under consideration did not even provide an explanation as to why their costs would be fully covered.
A senior administration official, responding to questions by POLITICO by email, declined to address the wealth disparity, but called the 25 percent burden “common knowledge” for all other states.
“To help states respond to the pandemic, the federal government took an unprecedented step to fully deploy the National Guard,” the official said in a statement. Now, as conditions warrant, it should be common knowledge that states will resume normally. Cost Sharing.”
But while the National Guard Association said it is “normal” to share costs for a federal deployment similar to a coronovirus relief effort, they are aware that no other time states were asked to partake of the tab for such a mission .
Much of the Guard’s coronovirus relief work is known as Title 32, meaning soldiers are deployed for an emergency – and the federal government bears the full cost, while providing personnel with health and retirement benefits. Are eligible for a series of. But the governors remain in command of the guard soldiers in their state.
Under a different condition, known as state active duty, states may receive reimbursement for part of the cost by FEMA.
Another Trump administration official told POLITICO that the White House Office of Management and Budget made calls to Trump, calling for increased aid to Florida and Texas. OMB also declined to comment.
The National Guard Bureau, which is managing the nationwide deployment, has similarly been given no explanation and has refused to provide a state-by-state breakdown to how many In which state more than 20,000 soldiers are currently stationed on the federal position.
Some 1,400 National Guard soldiers were responding to the epidemic on Tuesday – about five percent of the nationwide total, according to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s office.
“The Florida National Guard is an integral part of our state’s COVID-19, with more than 1,400 guards and women engaged,” DeSantis spokesman Cody McCloud said in a statement. “To date, they have assisted in the testing of approximately 1 million individuals through state-supported drive-through and walk-up testing sites. The Florida National Guard is also an important part of our logistics operation, sending PPE for healthcare Helps. Activists and first responders statewide. “
“We thank President Trump for recognizing the importance of the Florida National Guard for these efforts,” he said.
Texas refused to provide its guard totals. But, the president’s key aide, Greg Greg Abbott, deferred higher funding levels for the deployment of his state’s guard at a press conference on Tuesday.
“The president has increased and increased federal funding for the National Guard to continue serving at a 100 percent reimbursement rate for the remainder of this calendar year,” Abbott said. “This is a tremendous financial as well as personnel support for the response to Kovid-19 by the state of Texas.”
Others say they are surprised by the special treatment given to them that dozens of states are in the same boat.