In the event of a government shutdown, the Congress is scheduled to receive their $174,000 per year salary, but the troops on active duty are not. The House voted unanimously to pass The Pay Our Military Act, but if the Senate does not pass it, the troops will not get paid in the event of a government shutdown that continues through the Oct. 15 payday. According to a Sept. 30 report on the Defense News.com, this bill covers uniformed service members and those civilians and contractors who work in support of the troops through the Defense Department and the Homeland Security Department.
No other employees of federal agencies are affected by this bill, and there would still be many government employees on furlough or working on "IOU's." Disabled veterans who rely on the Veterans Administration for their meager income would not receive checks, either.
The Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m., and it is hoped that there will at least be some kind of provision made to continue paying the active duty troops and providing the support systems they require in the field.
If the Senate chooses not to pass the House measure, perhaps they should agree to also forfeit their salaries until the impasse is over.