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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., has cosponsored legislation that would provide financial assistance for Wyoming's National Reserve, Guard members and their employers during times of active duty.

The Reserve Component Tax Act, S. 540, would allow National Reserve and Guard members to deduct travel expenses incurred while traveling from home to drill, and would provide a tax credit against income tax for employers of reservists called to duty.

"In this time of national emergency, our country will rely more heavily on the men and women of the National Guard and Reserves," said Enzi. "Ultimately they could be asked to pay for our security with their lives. The least we could do is not ask them to payout of their own pockets."

The bill would allow members of the Guard and Reserve to deduct all overnight travel expenses incurred while traveling to drill.

Enzi said that nearly 90,000 reservists must travel more than 150 miles, one way, from home to drill and they are currently not reimbursed for their travel costs.

"Many of the members pay almost as much, or more, in travel costs than in what they bring home in drill pay," said Enzi. "Not only does this create a financial burden for reservists, but it can also cause problems in retention for the Guard and Reserve."

Enzi said the bill would also allow employers, whose employees have been called for active duty, to receive a tax credit.

"This provision helps recognize the financial sacrifices employers make when their reservist employees are mobilized for duty," said Enzi.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.