House Repub­li­can intro­duces bill to con­tin­ue pay for mil­i­tary mem­bers dur­ing gov­ern­ment shut­down

A Repub­li­can law­mak­er in the House intro­duced a bill that would con­tin­ue pay­checks for mil­i­tary mem­bers even in the case of a gov­ern­ment shut­down, hop­ing to pass the leg­is­la­tion before fed­er­al fund­ing is set to lapse on Oct. 1.
Rep. Jen Kig­gans (R‑VA) filed the Pay Our Troops Act on Thurs­day, seek­ing to ensure mil­i­tary mem­bers are still paid even if the defense spend­ing bill is not final­ized by Con­gress. The bill mir­rors sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion that was passed ahead of the 2013 gov­ern­ment shut­down to ensure fed­er­al funds were appro­pri­at­ed to pay mem­bers of the Armed Forces.
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“We’re still work­ing to avoid a gov­ern­ment shut­down. That’s some­thing that real­ly no one wants. So, we will con­tin­ue to pri­or­i­tize that,” Kig­gans, a for­mer Navy heli­copter pilot, told the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er. “That’s why we intro­duced this bill to pay our troops. It just reas­sures that they will be paid. They’re already strug­gling finan­cial­ly with what’s been going on in the econ­o­my, and the last thing they need to wor­ry about is if they’re going to get a pay­check or not.”
The bill would seek to make funds avail­able to pro­vide pay for mem­bers of the Armed Forces, includ­ing the Coast Guard, as wel …