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So Much For “Support Our Troops”

April 6, 2011

Support the troops. defeat a Republicant.

    Under Bill Clinton during the last enforced Government shut down U.S. military personnel were paid in full because the President and Congress specifically agreed ahead of time that they would be paid. The Republicans, as a result of the Tea party wing, are now refusing to do the same.     Soldiers whose lives are at risk in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq are likely  not get paid on time. Depending on how long the shutdown lasts, the impact, not so much on them directly but on their families back home, could be a problem. As with most Americans, many of these families live month to month. They can not afford to not be paid but the very Country they are serving is going to do just that because of Republican extremism.

    If the US government shuts down on Friday it will be in  the middle of a two-week pay period. They will therefore get half their pay on April 15. They will get nothing until the Rethugs come to their senses but of course they will still be expected to put their lives at risk. They would, of course, be expected to continue fighting.

    The same will apply to FBI agents, prison guards and those working for the Department of  Homeland Security. So much for the war on terror.

    The Department of Agriculture would also be expected to work despite not getting a paid on time. Once the government starts up again, whenever that might be, they will be paid retroactively.

    Last week, there was a proposal introduced in the House to pay the troops their full amounts if a shutdown occurs.  U.S. Rep. John R. Carter (TX-31), who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, said at the time he thought the bill would pass easily:

    “I don’t think anybody in either party wants to see that picture of a young wife with a baby on her hip looking into the camera and saying, ‘We couldn’t pay our mortgage and we couldn’t pay our house payment – my husband has just been wounded over in Afghanistan and I don’t know what I’m going to do,’” he said.

    The bill did pass the House. But it was inserted into a bill that included spending cuts, and the whole package was rejected by the Senate.

    While soldiers in the field, as “essential” personnel, would be required to keep doing their jobs, federal employees who “volunteered” to work during a shutdown instead of staying home can’t do so. Under the Anti-Deficiency Act (31 U.S.C. § 1342), government departments are prohibited from “accepting voluntary services for the United States, or employing personal services not authorized by law, except in cases of emergency involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.”

    They will get a surprise holiday. But they won’t be getting a retroactive paycheck when the government gets back to business.

    Your modern-day Republican Party.

source DailyKos

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2011 2:26 pm

    Absolutely shameful. 😦 Especially for a party that claims to love the troops. Very supportive, guys. Ugh.

  2. April 7, 2011 5:46 pm

    Sad, sad, sad…

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