There are several pieces of legislation in Congress that could have a direct impact on the way that a government shutdown would impact military service members. I'm going to try to summarize the current situation here, and hopefully we will be able to keep updates flowing throughout the day. Part of me thinks that there is little point in keeping up with every small change in status, the other part of me thinks that it is useful news. If you are more of a "let me know how it ends" sort of person, this information might make you crazy!
So, as of right now, here's what we've got:
House Resolution 1 (HR1), Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2011
- Purpose: To fund the Department of Defense through fiscal year 2011, which ends on 30 September 2011
- Last Important Action: 8 March 2011
- Current Situation: Has passed the House.
- My completely amateur opinion: I don't think this one is going anywhere. There is so much "stuff" attached that it is opposed by numerous groups.
- Purpose: To guarantee that military pay would not be impacted by a government funding gap due to the lack of an approved federal budget.
- Last action: 31 March 2011
- Current situation: This bill has been referred to the House Armed Services Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
- Purpose: To secure Department of Defense Funding for the rest of the fiscal year.
- Last Action: 4 April 2011 7 April 2011
- Current situation: Passed House
- Last Action: 4 April 2011
- Current Situation: Has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
- My completely amateur opinion: I am baffled as to why this could be opposed.