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Florida Congressman says soldiers will lose pay if government shuts down

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Congress only has one week to pass the new fiscal budget, and Congressmen are pulling out their big guns.

Republican Representative C. W. Bill Young from Florida tells the ArmyTimes that if the government shuts down, soldiers will not receive their mid-October checks.

"All military personnel will continue to serve and accrue pay, but will not actually be paid until appropriations are available," said Rep. Young

However, the Executive Director or the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance says he's not buying it.

"You're seeing a lot of rhetoric in attempt to get people who don't know better, who don't go out and check the facts to get them excited," said Col. (Ret) Bill Parry.

Col. Parry says the issue has little to do with soldiers, and a lot to do with arguments about Obamacare.

"In some cases you're seeing the continued resolution tied to the affordable care act. In some cases the debt ceiling tied to the affordable care act."

The question that always comes up during fiscal budget talks is, "does the government spend too much money?"

"The bottom line is Congress appropriates the money, and Congress is saying the government is spending too much money. Although it's Congress who appropriates the money."

To prevent a shutdown Congress must pass a temporary spending bill by Monday, Sept. 30.

If a shutdown were to happen, 1.4 million active duty soldiers would still receive pay.

 

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