Bluestem Prairie, being the on the ball blog they are, has a post about the letter.
Gov. Pawlenty and members of the state's congressional delegation are
asking for hardship pay for Minnesota National Guard members who will have their
tours of duty extended.
About 26-hundred Minnesota Guard members have been deployed to Iraq
since March and were scheduled to begin returning home in two months. But last
week, they learned their deployments would be extended by 125 days.
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Pawlenty and
others ask for hardship pay, as well as funding and resources to help affected
In addition, the letter asks the Department of Defense to eliminate a
hands off policy for returning reservists and instead implement a reintegration
program to help soldiers transition from warrior back to civilian life.
The letter was signed by Pawlenty, Senators Norm Coleman and Amy
Klobuchar, and U.S. Representatives Tim Walz, Jim Ramstad, Betty McCollum,
Keith Ellison, Collin Peterson and James Oberstar.
Notice who is not on this letter. Seems like Congresswoman Bachmann has fully embraced the Mark Kennedy position of Presidential lap dog. Congressman Kline is noticeably absent as well.
Congressman Kline runs some of the harshest campaigns in the nation. If Congresswoman Bachmann thinks she can attempt to follow in Kline's footsteps, she has another thing coming. There is absolutely no reason for Bachmann to not support our soldiers families here in MN and obtain support for them.
This is just another failure of the Congressional reign for Bachmann.
Anyone notice how Senator Tarryl Clark, despite being elected December 2005 in the SC Special Election, and once again this past November, has taken a large role as the spokeswoman for the Senate DFL? Senator Pogemiller is notably absent.
Someones getting prepped for a run against Bachmann in the 6th, me thinks...