Senator Chuck Grassley today said that given the possibility of a government shutdown, the Senate should act immediately to make sure U.S. military service personnel get their paychecks.
"There are hundreds of thousands of American troops stationed around the world, with 140,000 in Afghanistan and Iraq. They should not have to worry about paychecks," Grassley said. "To give our troops any concern that would take their focus away from defending freedom, when there are solutions available, is very upsetting. If an agreement can't be reached today to fund the federal government for the remainder of the year, it's unacceptable that political calculations by the White House and the Senate Majority Leader are getting in the way of passing legislation to pay American troops."
Grassley is the original cosponsor of S.724, which would make sure U.S. military service personnel get their paychecks if there's a government shutdown. The bill was introduced this week by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas.
Grassley also supports the spending bill passed yesterday by the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support. This bill would provide funding for the federal government for an additional week, reduce federal spending another $12 billion, and fund the Defense Department for the remainder of the fiscal year. The Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, has not agreed to bring up this bill for a Senate vote. President Obama sent a message to Congress saying that he would veto this bill.