U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following statement reiterating her call to ensure our members of the National Guard and Reserve receive their paychecks and get back to work:
"On Saturday the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R.3210, the Pay Our Military Act, which guaranteed that all members of our armed forces would receive pay for their service during any government shutdown, including fulltime Guard and Reserve members and others called to active service. That bill also passed the Senate and was immediately signed into law by President Obama. Yet Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has furloughed countless Guardsmen and women across the country even though the law we passed gives him broad discretion to keep them on the job, including the nearly 900 members of the Michigan National Guard.
"Recently I signed on to a bipartisan letter to Secretary Hagel demanding that he follow the law and reinstate members of the Guard who had been improperly furloughed. I also support the letter sent by House Committee on Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking him to use his discretion allotted to him by the law (H.R.3210 - Public Law No: 113-39) so that our Guardsmen and women are not furloughed.
"I voted in favor of legislation, H.R.3230, which provides the funding to make certain that Guardsmen and women on inactive status continue to be paid and continue to train during a government shutdown. Their readiness is essential for the protection of our great nation and the security of our state.
"The brave men and women who serve at Selfridge deserve better. Those who serve so well at TACOM and so many other areas of our federal government deserve better. These great patriots should not have been improperly furloughed; they need to be called back to work immediately."