- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez has joined with leaders from other states in opposing possible cutbacks to Army National Guard personnel.

In a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama, Sanchez and other members of the National Lieutenant Governors Association objected to possible budget reductions that could lower National Guard troop levels.

The state officials said the National Guard was a “ready, reliable, and essential force” for responding to emergencies and natural disasters and serving overseas.

The National Governors Association also has opposed potential National Guard cuts.

The Obama administration has proposed the reductions as part of a defense budget that also would trim the active-duty Army from 522,000 soldiers to between 440,000 and 450,000.

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