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Friday, February 13, 2009

Bill Introduced to Keep Oregon’s National Guard in Oregon

Last month, CAUSA joined with 52 other organizations, community leaders and concerned citizens on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol to call on Governor Kulongoski to keep Oregon’s National Guard in Oregon.

After the rally, organizers of the "Campaign to Keep Oregon's Guard in Oregon" delivered over 7000 signatures to state officials along with a demand that Oregon’s state militia not be sent to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Oregon was one of several states that joined in the National "Bring the Guard Home! It's the Law" campaign. The campaign’s goal is to prevent the upcoming deployment of roughly 3000 Oregon Guard members to Iraq because the terms of the Congressional authorization have expired.

On Wednesday, a bill was introduced in effort to keep Oregon’s 3,500 National Guard from being deployed by the end of the year.

According to the Daily Emerald, House Bill 2556 would, “give the governor authority to withhold National Guard troops from federal deployment in situations where there is no legally valid authorization to use troops in a national conflict”.

For more on the story about HB 2556, please link to the Daily Emerald. Information about the campaign can be found at



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