07 April 2011

I Cannot Fathom How Anyone Would Let *This* Happen

If the US Government does shut down, are they really not going to pay full paychecks to the US military? You're going to leave unemployed 22-year-old wives with 2 small kids back in the states short by half of their husband's paychecks while the husband is trying to fight a war? You're going to have a soldier about to head out on patrol wondering how his family is going to be taken care of 7000 miles away? This is stupid on soooo many levels.

U.S. military troops at war in Iraq and Afghanistan would receive one-week's pay instead of two in their next paycheck if the government shuts down this weekend due to the federal budget impasse, according to a senior defense official.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel issues, said the military can't be paid during a funding lapse until a new appropriations bill or continuing resolution is passed by Congress.
If the funding bill expires on April 8, it will be in the middle of the military's two-week pay period, so Pentagon would send out paychecks for just the first week of the pay period, said the official,
Historically, workers such as the military who are required to work are legally obligated to eventually receive pay for it.

By: Brant

1 comment:

Guardian said...

In an Army where Fox News is on 24x7 in every TOC, every fitness center, every DFAC, and every R&R tent, I wonder how many Soldiers (and other service members) voted for Tea Party candidates. For those that did, you're about to get what you voted for.