Lawmakers call on President Trump to extend federal funding for WI Nat’l Guard COVID-19 response

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Federal funding for the Wisconsin National Guard’s COVID-19 response is set to expire at the end of the month.

The guard has been crucial in helping the state contain the spread of the coronavirus through their testing sites and medical assistance, including filling in for sick health care workers.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said Wednesday President Trump needs to act now to extend funding beyond December 31st because the state can’t risk losing the guard’s resources.

“We cannot afford to have a gap between December 31st and when President-elect Biden takes office at the end of January. It would be catastrophic to our efforts to contain the virus, but also to serve people during this surge,” Baldwin said.

In addition to extending the guard’s mission, Baldwin is calling on Trump to cover 100 percent of the costs.

Right now Wisconsin is only receiving 75 percent of federal funding for the guard – the state pays the remaining portion.

Funding for the National Guard’s help in La Crosse County will continue into the new year, according to the county health department.