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Some West Virginia National Guard personnel will be recalled from unpaid furloughs for remainder of the federal government shutdown.

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Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., a senior Member of the House National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus, released the following statement on Tuesday's announcement that some West Virginia National Guard personnel will be recalled from unpaid furloughs for the remainder of the federal government shutdown. 

Rahall recently led a bipartisan coalition of 88 House members, calling on the Secretary of Defense to provide pay and grant non-furloughed status to all categories of Guard and Reserve members. 

"Having urged the Secretary of Defense to broadly interpret the law to ensure the continuation of pay for the members of the National Guard and Reserve, I am glad to see that many of West Virginia's full-time National Guard employees are going back to work," he said. "The men and women of the National Guard provide invaluable services to our State and Nation and they certainly should not be punished for the current political standoff in Congress.

"However, let's not forget that there are still many West Virginians who are not getting a reprieve.  They are not only federal employees, but also small businesses and community organizations that contract with the federal government, as well as seniors and veterans who rely on the federal government for essential services that are being unnecessarily disrupted.  Health and safety inspections in our coalfields, in industrial plants and in food processing facilities, are all being sacrificed by a short-sighted, politically driven minority in Congress."