Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Bob Casey (D-PA)

Posted: April 8, 2011 by The STR in Political NEWS & VEIWS
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Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas

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The S. 724, The Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act will have 78 votes…WHAT IS S.724?

S. 724:
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.

Today, Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter to their Senate colleagues asking them to sign on to S.724, a bill to ensure that military servicemembers are paid in the event of a government shutdown. Hutchison noted that 51 Senators have already signed on but 60 are needed to pass this critical legislation.

Text of letter:

April 7, 2011
S. 724, The Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act

Dear Colleague:

As Congress continues deliberations on how the federal government will be funded for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011, it is important that steps be taken to ensure that any potential disruption in government funding will have a minimal impact on our nation’s brave men and women in uniform. That is why we have introduced S. 724, the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act.

This common sense legislation will ensure that, in the event of a government shutdown, our troops will continue to be paid on time. This language covers all active duty military, reserve components, and Coast Guard servicemembers. Additionally, this legislation would give discretion to the Secretary of Defense to allow Department of Defense civilians and contractors who support the military the ability to be paid during a government shutdown.

The men and women who serve our nation each and every day at home and in operations across the world deserve our full support. At a time when more than 90,000 servicemembers are in Afghanistan and 47,000 in Iraq, it is crucial that Congress act to make sure that these brave men and women are not subjected to any disruptions in their hard earned pay. Such an action would significantly cause financial strain on military families, damage morale, and negatively impact military readiness.

For more information or to become a co-sponsor, please contact Senator Hutchison’s office and Senator Casey‘s office.

Sincerely,

Kay Bailey Hutchison           Robert Casey

Resources:
Watch: Sen. Hutchison’s floor speech
Read: Update – Hutchison Efforts to Pay Military in Govt. Shutdown Gaining Momentum
Read: Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act Press Release

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