Troops Won't Receive Paycheck if Gov. Shuts DownSubmitted by Bob-45 on Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:51
Troops Won't Receive Paycheck if Government Shuts Down
Federal Agencies Prepare for Shutdowns, No Hints of a Deal Between Republicans and Democrats
[If they don't get paid, maybe they'll just leave.]
By HUMA KHAN
April 6, 2011
Soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan will not receive paychecks next week if the government fails to come together on a resolution to keep the government funded and avert a shutdown, senior government officials said today.
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Watch: Barack Obama Demands Progress on BudgetMilitary personnel will be paid eventually but not until Congress appropriates money to the Department of Defense. Whether civilians at the Pentagon get paid is another story. Since "non-essential" staff is furloughed during a government shutdown, Congress must decide once it reaches a resolution whether to give backpay to dismissed employees.
"We expect a significant number of civilian DOD employees will unfortunately be furloughed if the government shuts down," a senior administration official said today.
Louis Bornman, a DOD employee who has spent 12 years of active duty in the Army, says getting furloughed could jeopardize his entire retirement savings. He says it will also adversely impact the federal government and taxpayers.
"It is very demoralizing to think you're going to be laid off and not paid," said Bornman, based in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. "People will have to work overtime in the near future, which ultimately will cost the government more money. ... It's very disconcerting that you're looked upon as disposable when you're providing that backup service that the nation depends upon."
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, has introduced a bipartisan bill with seven other members that would allow military personnel to receive paychecks in the case of a government shutdown.
"Our military men and women put their lives on the line and sacrifice every day to ensure our security. They should not have to worry about getting paid on time," said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., who co-sponsored the bill.
Defense contractors will also be impacted
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