State’s message to ‘knuckleheads’ in D.C.: Leave National Guard alone

Amid debate in Washington over the president’s authority to order military operations against Iran, lawmakers in one state have introduced a bill that would prohibit unconstitutional foreign combat deployments of the state’s National Guard troops.

The aim of the bill in the West Virginia House is to restore the Founders’ framework for state-federal balance on the Guard, says the Tenth Amendment Center, which supports state’s rights.

It states: “The West Virginia National Guard and any member thereof shall not be released from the state into active duty combat unless the United States Congress has passed an official declaration of war or has taken an official action pursuant to Article I, § 8, Clause 15 of the United States Constitution to explicitly call forth the West Virginia National Guard.”

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