WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) voted for a measure that would provide funding to the National Guard to satisfy a debt incurred by security services provided post-January 6th. Passage of this legislation is aimed at preventing the cancellation of vital training missions planned by National Guards in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Without this reimbursement, numerous trainings and drill weekends would be cancelled, resulting in guardsman not receiving pay for those previously scheduled activities.
Following his vote, Sen. Lee said, “The function of Utah’s National Guard is not only vital to the defense and support of Utah, but to the entire nation. When Utah’s sons and daughters reported to Washington, D.C. to protect the Capitol, they did so out of a commitment to duty and patriotism. It is unacceptable that their service would be punished by being denied the necessary funds to carry out additional missions and training. Voting to support the National Guard is a vote to protect and defend the constitution of the United States.”