$2.3M request for supporting Missouri troops at border gets bipartisan support

(The Center Square) – Legislative leaders from both parties are supporting Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s request for $2.3 million to send Missouri National Guard troops and State Highway Patrol troopers to the southern border.

“I intend to vote for it at this point because I think it’s important to have some sort of response to the crisis at the border that the federal government has clearly punted on,” Sen. John Rizzo, D-Independence, told reporters during an end-of-week news conference on Thursday. “It’s sad that Republicans in Washington, D.C., have decided to punt on fixing the border crisis simply because it was proposed by a Democrat or President Biden, or that Democrats were involved in the process to fix this.”

Parson announced on Feb. 21 he will support Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star with 200 soldiers and 22 troopers and request the money in a supplemental
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