Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) recently introduced The Reservist's Employer Support Paycheck Enhancement Act of 2006 to support Americans serving in the National Guard and Reserve when they are deployed on active duty. This bill provides incentives for employers to financially help Guard and Reservists that are called to active duty by providing employers a tax credit for their payroll costs when they continue to pay up to their full civilian salary. In addition, it also will provide a tax credit for the cost of a replacement employee while the Guard or Reservist is deployed.

Today, Congressman Poe announced that fellow Texan, Chet Edwards has signed on as a cosponsor. I want to thank Rep. Poe for introducing legislation to support our Guard and Reserve soldiers as they are called up to active duty service, said Edwards, ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs. Congress must work together in a bipartisan fashion to ease the financial burden on our Guard and Reserve troops and their families so that they are not penalized for answering the call to serve their country during a time of war.

I am extremely pleased to welcome Rep. Chet Edwards as a cosponsor of this legislation, said Poe. With his distinguished reputation on veteran issues we will get this bill passed and encourage more companies to help our troops as the Global War on Terror continues. It is important that our brave young men and women serving our country have peace of mind that their families are taken care of at home.

Congressman Poe serves on the House Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Tax, Finance, and Exports. For more information regarding H.R. 5751, visit or for more information on Congressman Poe, visit