Nearly 1,000 National Guardsmen in Florida have the day off today, thanks to the federal sequester cuts imposed earlier this year. Guard members in the Sunshine State and other states around the country will be furloughed for one day a week starting today for the next three months.
Rick Scott has been squawking about that issue for months now, because it comes as hurricane season begins to grow more intense, and today the governor joined fellow GOP governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Phil Bryan of Mississippi in composing a note to President Obama to exempt federal military technicians from such furloughs.
The governors highlight the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and wildfires in Colorado as clearly demonstrating the importance of National Guardsmen to keep the Gulf Coast safe as we get closer to the heart of hurricane season, which in recent years has been in August and September.
Meanwhile, Democrats are using the sequester to bash Congressional Republicans who voted for it earlier this year.