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If The Government Shuts Down, Will Our Military Get Paid?

| April 6, 2011

As the end of the week approaches; Washington is once again talking about the possibility of a shut down. As it stands now the U.S Military will NOT get paid.

Not every government worker would be sent home in the event of a shutdown, however the U.S military will NOT get paid unless the resolution being considered now, HR1297, that will ensure the military will be paid through 2011 passes. This must be passed before the Friday deadline to be in effect if the government shuts down. Lots of politics being played here using our troops as bargaining chips. It’s a disgraceful bit of politics I might add. The congresswoman, Renee Ellmers, R-NC 2nd district, has a large number of the troops stationed at Ft Bragg, NC. I believe because of her constituents; she will not vote for anything less than a bill that guarantees the military will be paid before ANYBODY else gets paid. This is a good thing. I have also learned today that Legislators and their staff have committed to forfeit their pay if there is a shutdown.

Several types of federal officials and employees, including members of Congress, the president, presidential appointees, and certain legislative branch employees are not subject to a furlough caused by a funding gap.

Under Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution, members of Congress “shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United States.”

Since the constitution thus mandates Congress’ pay, their compensation is not subject to the annual appropriations process. (how convenient)

During the government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 members were paid throughout because their pay is automatically funded.

Some “essential” congressional staffers will also continue to work,

though they will not have the same certainty about when or whether they will be paid. It is up to the individual members as to whether and which staffers are essential to their operations.

The staffers who work will only be paid if money for retroactive compensation is included in the spending bill that is eventually enacted. With the current budget environment and the anti-government sentiment among many voters, retroactive pay for congressional staffers may be politically unpopular.

Over the past few weeks the House and Senate have passed two different bills aimed at preventing Congress and the president from receiving their regular paychecks in the event of a shutdown.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced a bill (S 388), passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on March 1, which would bar the president and members of Congress from being paid during a shutdown or a period of default caused by a failure to raise the debt limit.Last Friday the House passed its own bill (HR 1255) that would prevent lawmakers and the president from being paid for the duration of any government shutdown that lasts more than 24 hours. 15 Republican House members joined the entire Democratic caucus in opposing the measure.

Certain members of Congress, however, have warned that such measures could be unconstitutional.

In the House, where the rules require members to cite the constitutional justification for items of legislation when they are introduced, bill sponsor Steve Womack (R-Ark.) submitted a statement arguing that the legislation “is consistent with” the constitution “in that it does not vary the compensation” for members of Congress and the president “but only seeks to regulate its disbursement during certain periods.”

Neither bill appears to have enough support to pass the other legislative body and thus neither is likely to become law, meaning members of Congress are likely to continue to be compensated in the event of a shutdown.

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NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he hosts a twice-weekly bible study and prophecy radio show on BlogTalk Radio, and oversees a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.
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  1. Ocha says:

    Seriously? The Military not get paid? That’s like asking ‘if the government shuts down before April 15th, will we have to pay taxes?’

  2. sydney says:

    Oh well, too bad…maybe this will urge people to become knowledgeable about the rules and laws of their country. People also will not receive their tax refunds either…can’t have your cake and eat it too.

  3. Looking Up' says:

    Am I the only one that thinks this is all part of the meetings in Bretton Woods, N.H ….after all we all know who really controls Osama Obama and his demented White House goons….the one and only George Soros

  4. xxxxxx says:

    If there not going to pay our military then bring them home

  5. Jordan says:

    My dad is in the navy. I have to eat, if my dad doesn’t get paid because of a government screw up. I’m gonna be beyond pissed. I just might lose it.

  6. Griz says:

    here it comes as of midnight 4/8/11 we are oficially under marshall law on the financial level all rights and constitution , meaningless. this planet is no longer for everyone that has faith, prepare your hearts for the end of america the christian safe haven is about to be destroyed because of barry seotoro ,, i mean obama oops called him by his real name …. islam may have won the battle but they shall not win the war Gods word is absolute and he says the jews and christians win… i call on all of you pick up your bibles and speak his words allowed to everyone u see let them hear Gods words …. and pray for them all … let us christians go!!!

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