In the event of a government shutdown, Senators Mark Udall and Jerry Moran say civilians who work for the Defense Department, contractors and soldiers should still be paid, according to a GovExec article.
They are the sponsors of Bill S. 171, which would ensure members of the military would still be paid if Congress’ budget negotiations result in a shutdown.
“We need to protect our military and critical civilian workers from the painful consequences of a government shutdown, and we can’t allow either side to use troops as leverage in political disputes,” Udall wrote in a statement.
“It is the least we can do for those who give so much,” Moran said.
He added that soldiers should be “spared the consequences of Washington’s indecision.”