Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) and Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) have initiated legislation to ensure payment for military personnel during a potential government shutdown.
As the threat of a possible shutdown quickly approaches, tensions rise in anticipation of furloughs for federal employees that would result in payment cessation for service members and serious backlash for their families.
"It is imperative for Washington to consider the livelihood of our troops and their families," said Kingston. "They have put our safety ahead of their own, and we should do all that we can to defend their income regardless of a shutdown."
This action is consistent with previous legislation introduced by Kingston and Gohmert in 2011 during a prior deadlock over government spending. Over time, the government has sustained funding through continuing resolutions (CRs), short term bills that enable the system to operate while negotiations persist.