The Washington Times - April 7, 2011, 04:58PM

*Update- 4/8/11: 51 co-sponsors have now signed on to this bill

When President Barack Obama promised to veto the House’s  one week Continuing Resolution that would threaten the pay military personnel receive during a government shutdown, it remained a mystery as to why Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, did not bring to the floor a separate military pay bill proposed by fellow Republican Reps. Jack Kingston, of Georgia, and Louie Gohmert, of Texas.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, remained tight-lipped on Thursday when I asked him why Mr. Boehner has not gone forward on the Gohmert-Kingston legislation

In the meantime, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican, has stepped in and proposed a bill to assure military members their salaries in a timely manner if a government shutdown happens this week. The legislation is a bipartisan effort with currently 44 co-sponsors.

Senator Hutchison has introduced the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 (S.724). According to a statement from Ms. Hutchison’s office it: “assures that, in the event of a Federal Government shutdown, our nation’s men and women in uniform would continue to receive their military pay and allowances.”

“This bill not only protects all active duty men and women, but also those who serve in the Coast Guard and Reserve Components. Additionally, a provision is included to give the Secretary of Defense the discretion to allow those who serve as DOD civilians or contractors in support of our men and women in uniform to continue to be paid as well.”