Summary

A bill to appropriate such funds as may be necessary to ensure that members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components thereof, and supporting civilian and contractor personnel... Read More

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This bill was introduced on Apr 5, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Apr 5, 2011

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Bill Text

A BILL

To appropriate such funds as may be necessary to ensure that members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components thereof, and supporting civilian and contractor personnel continue to receive pay and allowances for active service performed when a funding gap caused by the failure to enact interim or full-year appropriations for the Armed Forces occurs, which results in the furlough of non-emergency personnel and the curtailment of Government activities and services.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011''.

SEC. 2. EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION OF FUNDS TO PROVIDE PAY AND ALLOWANCES FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND SUPPORTING CIVILIAN AND CONTRACTOR PERSONNEL DURING FUNDING GAP IMPACTING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

(a) Appropriation of Funds for Military Pay and Allowances.--During a funding gap impacting the Armed Forces, the Secretary of the Treasury shall make available to the Secretary of Defense (and the Secretary of Homeland Security in the case of the Coast Guard), out of any amounts in the general fund of the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such amounts as the Secretary of Defense (and the Secretary of Homeland Security in the case of the Coast Guard) determines to be necessary to continue to provide pay and allowances (without interruption) to the following: (1) Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast...

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Recent media stories stating servicemembers may not be paid in the event of a government shutdown are only adding to unfair pressures on already over-stressed troops and families. With loved ones involved in three separate combat operations and humanitarian relief in Japan, military families should not have to wonder if they will be able to cover house and car payments and other bills. S. 724 would continue pay and allowances for active and reserve component forces in the event of a failure to enact interim or full-year appropriations for the Armed Forces. Absent any assurance that pay will continue, MOAA believes this legislation is essential to provide fair treatment for military members and families. http://hutchison.senate.gov/files/documents/April%208%20mil%20pay%20support%20letter.pdf

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With our nation is at war, it is imperative that partisan struggles over the budget be set aside. We strongly support efforts by Congress to ensure our military service members and their families receive their full and uninterrupted pay, regardless of politics in Washington. It is possible many service members may struggle to pay their bills if there is an interruption in pay. Surely our service members in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere need not worry about if they, or their families, will be able to pay their bills. They should receive the pay and benefits promised to them. The Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 will make available the funds to prevent any interruption in pay for military members. http://www.afa.org/grl/PDFs/fund_shutdown.pdf

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Air Force Association 4 years ago

NAUS supports S. 724, the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011, a bill to assure 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. http://www.naus.org/news/news_active_duty.html

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We should never make our governmental employees in service to our government and our citizens (not such entities such as congress) become political pawns in the game of politics.

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I support S. 724: Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 because... I served for 9 year of my life and I do not believe that every time the country comes to a financial hard ship or those in the government screw up, that we should immediately go "well, lets keep the money that we are supposed to pay those who keep us safe.....I'm sure they will be fine."

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Bill Summary

A bill to appropriate such funds as may be necessary to ensure that members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components thereof, and supporting civilian and contractor personnel continue to receive pay and allowances for active service performed when a funding gap caused by the failure to enact interim or full-year appropriations for the Armed Forces occurs, which results in the furlough of non-emergency personnel and the curtailment of Government activities and services.

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