West Virginia HB2168, the Defend the Guard Act, would protect the state’s Guard troops from unconstitutional use and abuse by the President, requiring a constitutional declaration of war prior to overseas deployments.  It must pass through the House Veterans’ Affairs and Homeland Security Committee successfully before it can receive a full vote in the state house.

PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS – It doesn’t matter where you live in the state, please follow all these steps to support HB2168.

1. Call the House Veterans’ Affairs and Homeland Security Committee Co-Chairs, David A. Evans and Joshua Nelson. Strongly, but respectfully urge them to move HB2168 forward to a vote in their committee. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.

Evans: (304) 340-3151
Nelson: (304) 340-3184

2. Call the rest of the committee members. Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES on HB2168.

Pat McGeehan (R) Vice Chair, bill sponsor (thank him for the bill ask how you can help) (304) 340-3397
Roy Cooper (R) Vice Chair (304) 340-3119
Peggy Smith (D) Minority Chair (304) 340-3123
Linda Longsreth (D) Minority Chair (304) 340-3124
Mike Pushkin (D) Minority Vice-Chair (304) 340-3106
Sean Hornbuckle (D) Minority Vice-Chair (304) 340-3395
Lynne Arvon (R) (304) 340-3384
Bob Ashley (R) (304) 340-3185
Geoff Foster (R) (304) 340-3121
Cathy Frich (R) (304) 340-3125
Gary Howell (R) (304) 340-3192
Woody Ireland (R) (304) 340-3195
John Kelly (R) (304) 340-3394
Kayla Anne Kessinger (R) (304) 340-3197
Ruth Rowan (R) (304) 340-3157
Jill Upson (R) (304) 340-3366
Danny Wagner (R) (304) 340-3398
Ryan Weld (R) (304) 340-3367
Andrew Byrd (D) (304) 340-3362
Michael Ferro (D) (304) 340-3111
Barbara Evans Fleischauer (D) (304) 340-3127
Dana Lynch (D) (304) 340-3916
Patsy Trecost (D) (304) 340-3102

3.   Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days.   Make sure to follow-up. If they say YES, be sure to thank them and, if possible, announce their committed YES vote to email and social media contacts. If they say no, politely ask them why. Get the information from them and contact us.

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