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Mr. McCAIN. Mr. President, we continue to be increasingly reliant on the men and women of our Reserve forces and National Guard. In fact, 40 percent of all the ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are composed of National Guard and Reserve forces as well as nearly all of the ground forces in Kosovo, Bosnia, and the Sinai. Many of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines leave behind friends, families, and careers to defend our Nation. Accordingly, it is the responsibility of policy makers to ensure we look after the needs of our patriots.
Many reservists that are called to active duty end up making less money with the military than they did in their civilian job. This drop in pay has placed a hardship on many of the men and women serving in the Reserve components who are called to active duty. When the military calls reservists and guardsmen to active duty, the last thing our Nation wants is to hurt the reservist's families as a result. This amendment is designed to address this problem by allowing private companies to pay the difference between the servicemember's Reserve pay and his civilian pay. If the employer chooses to pay this benefit, the Federal Government will give the company a tax credit of 50 percent of the difference in pay, up to $3,000.
Our Nation's reservists and guardsmen are an amazing resource of experience, knowledge and dedication. If we are going to continue to rely on our citizen soldiers, we must make sure that they receive their fair share of benefits and that their families are provided for in their absence. I will always support responsible legislation that accomplishes this important goal.