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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on September 24th, 2013 at 7:52 am

Troops Face Loss of Paychecks, PCS, & TDY Cancellations If Government Shutdown Happens

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This is going to be really bad for troops that are living paycheck to paycheck:

With one week to go before a potential partial government shutdown, a key Republican lawmaker is warning troops to be financially prepared for the possibility of not getting a mid-October paycheck.

Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, R-Fla., chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, warns that the troops’ morale and readiness will suffer even though the Defense Department does not shut down when its funding stops.

“All military personnel will continue to serve and accrue pay, but will not actually be paid until appropriations are available,” Young said. The mid-month payday would be the first in jeopardy.

Additionally, he said most travel and permanent change of station moves “would be delayed or canceled” and benefits for line-of-duty deaths also would be suspended.

Military hospitals and clinics will remain open but would scale back on operations, “impacting routine medical and dental procedures,” Young said. He did not specifically mention any impact on Tricare health insurance benefits, but in past government shutdowns, payments to medical providers were delayed but treatment was still available.

Maintenance for facilities and weapons would stop, Young said, and most defense and service civilian employees would be “furloughed until appropriations are available.”  [Army Times]

You can read more at the link, but lets hope something gets figured out.

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  • Glans
    11:50 am on September 24th, 2013 1

    GI Korea, I’ve figured it out. The House and Senate need to pass a continuing resolution that funds all the programs which have been created by law.

    Then the House and Senate need to abolish the debt limit, so that all appropriations and all obligations can be paid.

  • 2ID Doc
    12:05 pm on September 24th, 2013 2

    As someone who worked in the 2 of the biggest social medicine programs the government funds, VA & active duty medical care, I understand the lawmakers concerns over the social medicine program that dwarfs the military care. At the same time I see the reality that if you expect a person to do a job they & their families expect to get a paycheck. If my current employer told me “Um yeah about your next paycheck…” I have a small cushion but not as much as I should have.

  • Bob
    1:44 pm on September 24th, 2013 3

    I’ll bet the congress geeks will “get theirs” !!!

  • tbonetylr
    2:06 pm on September 24th, 2013 4

    Defunding the Affordable Care Act is more important than paychecks etc…Contact your representative to let them know. Vote Ted Cruz and Co.

  • tbonetylr
    2:31 pm on September 24th, 2013 5

    WATCH LIVE: Ted Cruz Holds Filibuster to Defund Obamacare/ACA on ‘’

    Sen. Ted Cruz: Defunding ObamaCare is a ‘multistage fight’

  • Ron
    3:28 pm on September 24th, 2013 6

    This won’t happen. I’ve worked with appropriations too much in my career. Just because there is no budget doesn’t mean there isn’t money.

    Everyone will get paid and all allocations will continue. It’s called an Äd
    vice of Allotment”

    Everyone is funded for the first quarter for the same amount they got last year. They will cut down on unnecessary expenditures until the budget is passed, but everyone will get paid, and all services will continue. For everyone.

    The military will get there budget first, and the others agency’s will follow. This has never lasted until Christmas before, and it won’t now.

    This entire story is false.

  • Angel of Retribution
    5:55 pm on September 24th, 2013 7

    6: Gotta agree. I was in during the last shutdown. Never missed a paycheck. I bet that traitor Obama has something to do with this…

  • 코리아
    3:02 am on September 25th, 2013 8

    Yeah I’m sure that traitor Obama is behind a republican lawmaker using scare tactics to make headlines…
    Not a fan of either side in this fight, but the republican controlled house is taking things to a new low this round and setting an awful presidence if it works (but I’m still hopeful it won’t)

  • Angel of Retribution
    7:11 am on September 25th, 2013 9

    “Not a fan of either side in this fight”

    Spoken like a card carrying member of the Democrat Party! Last I checked cutting paychecks to executive branch employees was a function of the executive branch. And like I said I had zero paychecks delayed in the last shut down…

  • Ms noel
    10:10 am on September 25th, 2013 10

    so if my husband has to report to his duty station oct 24 what happens?

  • Glans
    10:00 am on September 26th, 2013 11

    And remember, we’re going through this nonsense while the deficit is shrinking. Kevin Drum has a convenient bar chart on his blog at Mother Jones.

  • rahhhkkkk14888
    1:54 pm on September 26th, 2013 12


  • Leon LaPorte
    6:33 pm on September 26th, 2013 13

    Lots of blame to go around! Fingers pointing everywhere, back and forth.

    There is only one person at fault in all of this: the American voter.

  • ChickenHead
    9:02 pm on September 26th, 2013 14

    Leon, it is easy to blame the Voter… but the Voter is not at fault.

    Power once shifted from those who voted to those who counted the votes. Now the power has moved to those who decide who to vote for.

    The Voter can vote all they like… but they are only given two sides of the same coin which will end in the same result… with only superficial differences on emotional domestic issues.

    The real blame lies not with the Voter but with the Uninformed and Unconcerned Citizen.

  • Bones
    9:08 pm on September 26th, 2013 15

    More that likely, that is to say, CH nailed it. Nobody gives damn!!

  • Leon LaPorte
    11:50 pm on September 26th, 2013 16


  • Glans
    3:51 am on September 27th, 2013 17

    Meanwhile, here’s an update on class warfare, from Paul Krugman.

  • Glans
    1:21 pm on September 30th, 2013 18

    The Senate has approved a bill that would pay service members in the event of a government shutdown. Dylan Scott reports for TPM.


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