UPDATE 05 April 2011: The bill is currently in committee and is not on the agenda for this week. Ugh!
Thank goodness that someone in Congress has finally realized that the current budget situation is causing stress for military families! In the following video, Representatives Carter, Gohmert and Kingston discuss the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act. This exciting and important legislation ensures that members of the United States Military get their pays, allowances and benefits, on time, in the event that Congress cannot pass a budget.
From Representative Gohmert's press release:
“The men and women of the United States military are among the most heroic of Americans. These true patriots place their lives on the line to protect this country and ensure security for our future. If Congress cannot pass a budget, it’s not right for these valiant warriors and their families to suffer through a late paycheck. This is about paying those who protect us and defend our freedom,” said Rep. Gohmert.This bill will appropriate necessary funds to ensure that members of the military, including reserve components, continue to receive all pay, allowances and benefits if a funding gap were to occur. The way the process works, failure to enact interim or full-year appropriations for the Department of Defense could result in members serving without seeing a paycheck until the shutdown is over.
“Ensuring the troops are paid on time is essential to the morale of our soldiers. No military member should have to worry about the financial situation of their family back home. The families of our service members act as a lifeline—one that supports, encourages, and impels American soldiers to defend this country with passion.”
I am extremely thankful that legislators have finally realized the need for such legislation. I can't imagine that any legislator would oppose this bill. Hopefully it will be passed quickly so that military families can stop worrying about their pay.