MILITARY CUTS: Branstad Expecting VP Phone Call

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Iowa leaders still don’t have answers as to when or how many National Guard members could lose their jobs. But Governor Branstad told Channel 13 Tuesday he is expecting an important phone call on the matter soon.

Branstad is back in Iowa after a trip to Washington, D.C. He met with the nation’s governors and also had dinner with President Obama.

Branstad agrees with several other republican governors who say there was, “a chill in the air” as the president talked to them about defense cuts.

The president says republicans have asked for spending cuts which currently includes military cuts.

The governor says after the dinner, Vice President Joe Biden promised a one-on-one conversation.

“The Vice president came up to me afterwards and said ‘I will be giving you a call within the next week.’ He’s got a son in the National Guard and I think he understands how critical this is.”

A National Guard spokesman says Iowa faces an eight to nine percent reduction in members which could add up to 650 jobs.

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