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Moran part of bipartisan effort to pay military if government shuts down

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In case of a federal government shutdown, U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, and Mark Udall, D-Colo., have filed legislation that would ensure the military and National Guard units assisting in disaster recovery will not have their paychecks delayed.

"The financial well-being and readiness of those serving our country must not suffer due to gridlock on Capitol Hill," Moran said.

"Colorado’s flood victims and military families shouldn’t suffer if Washington gridlock and partisan stalemates lead to a government shutdown," Udall said.

Congress must pass a budget measure to avoid a government shutdown after midnight Monday.

The Republican-controlled House has approved a stopgap funding measure that also de-funds the Affordable Care Act. The Democratic-controlled Senate has vowed to keep funding the ACA and President Barack Obama has said he would veto any legislation that seeks to dismantle the ACA.

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Joe Hyde 1 year, 3 months ago

Nationally, a greater number of U.S. citizens than just members of our military are serving our country faithfully every day. They don't deserve to have their paychecks delayed and their personal lives and financial well-being thrown into chaos, either.

oldbaldguy 1 year, 3 months ago

I remember having to read my troops in Germany the Mutiny Act during the Carter administration when it looked like we were not going to get paid because of a budget hubub with Congress. No one deserves this.

guess_again 1 year, 3 months ago

Maybe the more significant news is that Sen Pat Roberts is part of the small cabal supporting Sen. Cruz in his attempts to actually shut down the government this weekend, thus making Roberts, at one time considered a moderate, one of the most extreme conservatives, not unlike Rep. Huelskamp.

It is funny that Sen. Moran is picking winners and losers if the government shuts down as a way to put lipstick on this horrible situation. I guess the elderly on social security do not count.

Kansass 1 year, 3 months ago

I want an exemption from their stupidity. Do your jobs and stop the domestic terrorism and tantrums.

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