The Washington Times - April 1, 2011, 11:11AM

Congressman Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, and Congressman Jack Kingston, Georgia Republican, are concerned military personnel will not be paid in time if the government shuts down next week. According to a press release from Mr. Gohmert’s office:

Today Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) introduced the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act. This legislation ensures that members of the United States Military get their paycheck on time in the event that Congress cannot pass a budget.

 “The men and women of the United States military are among the most heroic of Americans. These true patriots place their lives on the line to protect this country and ensure security for our future. If Congress cannot pass a budget, it’s not right for these valiant warriors and their families to suffer through a late paycheck. This is about paying those who protect us and defend our freedom,” said Rep. Gohmert.

 “Ensuring the troops are paid on time is essential to the morale of our soldiers. No military member should have to worry about the financial situation of their family back home. The families of our service members act as a lifeline—one that supports, encourages, and impels American soldiers to defend this country with passion.”

 This bill will appropriate necessary funds to ensure that members of the military, including reserve components, continue to receive pay and allowances for their service when a funding gap occurs. That could be caused by the failure to enact interim or full-year appropriations for the Department of Defense, which results in many members serving without a paycheck until the shutdown is over. It is not enough for the military to know they will receive back pay after the shutdown is over. They need to know that their paycheck will arrive on time.


Reps. Gohmert and Kingston along with other Republican Congressmen: Bachmann (MN), Poe (TX), and Carter (TX) will discuss the legislation on Friday at 12:30 pm on Capitol Hill.