OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed the Defend the Guard Act to ensure men and women serving in the Oklahoma National Guard are deployed only in the manner directly specified by the United States Constitution.
“December 13th is considered the birthday of the National Guard,” Dahm said. “As we all prepare to celebrate Christmas with our loved ones, the families of some of our National Guard members are preparing for the holiday without them, thanks to the feds and their never-ending unconstitutional wars and missions.”
Dahm said this bill is strongly supported by Oklahoma National Guard members and their families.
“This bill reinforces the American principle of federalism by attempting to correct the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of the federal government,” Dahm said. “It is my hope that it will curtail the federal government’s ability to use Oklahomans for endless wars without congressional oversight or accountability.”
Senate Bill 29 would prohibit any member of the Oklahoma National Guard from being released into active duty combat unless Congress has formally declared war or issued a call for a specific purpose related to executing the laws of the union, repelling an invasion, or suppressing an insurrection.
“During President Trump’s tenure, he sought to bring our troops home from foreign wars and shores,” Dahm said. “I hope this year the Oklahoma Legislature will follow that example and work to bring our troops home and return to a constitutional framework on wars.”
For more information, contact: Sen. Nathan Dahm at 405-521-5551 or email Nathan.Dahm@oksenate.gov