Gates mulls Louisiana request on National Guard funds

WASHINGTON (BestGrowthStock) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates is considering a request from Louisiana’s governor for funds to pay for the deployment of up to 6,000 National Guard troops to respond to the oil slick, the Pentagon said on Friday.

“He is considering the request. But I would note that Governor (Bobby) Jindal has the authority vested in him to deploy his National Guard forces in the event of an emergency and can do so at a time of his choosing,” Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

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(Reporting by Phil Stewart)

Gates mulls Louisiana request on National Guard funds