Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

McSally Introduces Bill to Ensure Troops, DHS National Security Personnel Get Paychecks During Shutdown—and Congress Doesn’t

January 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Ahead of tonight’s impending funding deadline, U.S. Representative Martha McSally today introduced legislation that would require the military and individuals performing national security activities within the Department of Homeland Security continue to receive pay—and prohibit Members of Congress from receiving a paycheck— during a government shutdown. It also would ensure that death benefits are paid to troops’ families who fall in the line of duty.

“It is unconscionable that the Democrats would shut down the government—and then pocket their paychecks after snatching pay out of the hands of our troops and our agents and officers guarding our border. By shutting the government down over an unrelated issue, Democrats show that they are choosing those here illegally over the American heroes who are upholding our laws and protecting our country.

This bill ensures that our military and federal law enforcement, including the agents and officers along the border, continue to get paid during a government shutdown. These brave Americans are willing to protect this nation with their lives—a priceless cost. The very least we can do is ensure they and their families can continue to pay for groceries and rent while politicians figure out this mess in DC,” said Congresswoman McSally.

Under current law, if the government shuts down active-duty troops and other personnel essential for national security would be required to show up for duty, but they would not get paid. Payments for death benefits to families of military members killed in the line of duty would also not be allowed to be made until the shutdown came to an end.

CLICK HERE to view the legislation.