House Republicans Introduce Bill to Pay Military During Government Shutdown

Posted: April 4, 2011 in US News, Washington Politics

John Brandt
Fox News
April 4, 2011

Active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces and military civilians who support them still have to show up to work even if the government shuts down next Friday, inspiring lawmakers to find a way to pay them minus a Defense Department operating budget.

According to a senior defense official, active-duty military would be required to work since they are considered “essential government personnel” exempt from a shutdown — as are military civilians acting in support of U.S. operations and activities like those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

Republican Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Jack Kingston of Georgia said Friday they want to make sure the troops get paid for their work even without a new funding measure in place.

“We’ve got people standing up and protecting us,” Gohmert said. “The last thing they should have to worry about is if their paycheck gets to their account on time.”

Congress is working on a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. It has passed six continuing resolutions to keep government operating at 2010 levels, but the latest CR expires on April 8, and lawmakers have expressed little interest in passing another temporary extension.

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