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House Passes Bill To Pay Military During Government Shutdown (Video)

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Vivian Greentree of Blue Star Families

Members of the military would get their paychecks, even in the event of a government shutdown, under a bill passed unanimously by the House of Representatives over the weekend.

According to the Marine Corps Times, the measure, called the Pay Our Military Act, is not attached to the budget bill that is the subject of so much contention:

[The] free-standing measure promis(es) military members, some federal civilians and some federal contractors will be paid even if funds for other government operations expire.

Politico reports the Senate is likely to take up and pass the bill on Monday:

[It's] a measure that garnered unanimous support in the House over the weekend. It shouldn’t be a heavy lift in the Senate either, though any of the 100 senators could object to the military bill and slow its progress.

The Department of Defense has created a special webpage that's a clearinghouse of information on how the shutdown would affect all of its employees, as well as veterans. You can click here to view that page.

Vivian Greentree with Blue Star Families appeared on CNN Sunday to explain how devastating a government shutdown could be to military families if they don't get their hard-earned paychecks on time. You'll find that interview posted up top.

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muckapoo1 | September 30, 2013 at 9:45 a.m. ― 10 months ago

Big question for me is: will the USA stop sending aid overseas during the shutdown? If they do not stop foreign aid, this is one big afternoon soap opera. I feel all foreign spending is cruel if one American suffers. Anyone have any insight on foreign aid during a shutdown?

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