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In the Senate, Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat and the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, put in a bill called the "Pay Our Military Act" to allow service members to continue to receive paychecks and related compensation over the course of the shutdown.
"This bill would make sure that all active-duty, reservists, National Guard troops, as well as any civilians and contractors working in support of those forces can do their jobs and receive their paychecks," Reed said in a statement.
On the House side, Rep. Martha McSally, an Arizona Republican, also introduced legislation that would continue to pay the military and those in the Department of Homeland Security performing national security duties.
Her bill would also prohibit members of Congress from receiving a paycheck during the shutdown.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a resolution that would have ensured that pay for military service members and death benefits would not be disrupted.
“I don’t want one moment to pass with there being any uncertainty of any soldier anywhere in the world that they will be paid for the valiant work they do on behalf of our national security,” McCaskill said.
That sounds reasonable enough, right?
Well, not to Mitch McConnell. For some reason, the Kentucky Republican objected to McCaskill’s resolution.
On Friday, McConnell said, “They will see which senators vote to shove aside veterans, military families, and vulnerable children to hold the entire country hostage.”
And then on Saturday morning, McConnell killed the resolution which was proposed in order to protect the troops from Trump’s government shutdown.