Congressman Steve Pearce Friday issued the following statement on the Senate’s failure to pay members of the military:
“It is unacceptable that Senate Democrats are using our military as political pawns. Yesterday, the House passed a strong bill, which I supported, to provide funding for our men and women in the armed forces, as well as the Department of Defense, through the end of the fiscal year. Regrettably, Senator Reid and President Obama continue to play politics. This is a slap in the face to those who daily risk their lives for our freedom.
“For Forty-eight days, the Senate has failed to respond to the long-term spending plan proposed by the House. Our nation faces a looming debt crisis. The Senate and the President must stop playing games with the futures of our children and with the livelihoods of our soldiers”
In the event of a shutdown, military pay would end today. Because the normal pay period is April 1-15, the shutdown will effectively cut pay in half for all members of the military. Congressman Pearce voted in favor of H.R. 1363, which would pay the troops and fund the Department of Defense through the end of the fiscal year. The bill passed the House yesterday, but Senate leadership continues to block it.
If the Senate does not act now, the government will shut down at midnight. Though he will continue to work, Congressman Pearce has promised to return any pay he receives during the shutdown, and all members of his staff will be furloughed without pay until the shutdown ends.
Editor’s Note: Steve Pearce is a Vietnam veteran and was decorated for valor as a combat pilot.