Sebelius Makes Pitch for National Guard Advocacy Board

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), seen by many as a Democratic VP contender, is proposing the creation of a National Guard advocacy board, comprised of governors from different parties and regions, that would lobby Congress and the administration on behalf of the Guard.

Sebelius made her case as part of the Democratic Leadership Conference's (DLC) Ideas Primary, a project that resulted in an 89-page collection of policy pitches from various Democrats, which the DLC published today (also of note, Rep. Rahm Emanuel proposes a flat tax for the middle class).

The board would push for funding and alert Congress, the President, and the Department of Defense to equipment, training, and readiness issues.

"As long as the National Guard is being used as part of the strategic force overseas, a first responder for natural disasters, and any attack at home, they need a voice," Sebelius writes. As governor of Kansas, Sebelius is commander in chief of her state's National Guard.

Coincidentally, Sebelius's lack of national security experience has been used as an argument against her likelihood as a Democratic VP.

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