WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today cosponsored legislation to ensure that the pay and benefits for our nation’s troops would be uninterrupted should the government shut down. The Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act would ensure that members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components, and supporting civilian and contractor personnel, continue to receive pay and allowances for active service performed during a potential government shutdown.
“Service members who sacrifice so much for our country shouldn’t have to worry about whether their families will make ends meet,” Brown said. “Passing this bill would ensure that our servicemembers – and those who support them – aren’t penalized by political gamesmanship.”
Brown cosponsored legislation that was passed by the U.S. Senate that would prevent lawmakers and the President from drawing a salary if the government shuts down. However, the House of Representatives has not brought the bill to the floor for a vote.
Yesterday, Brown announced that he will donate his federal salary to charity if the government shuts down. Following the 1995 shutdown when Brown donated his salary to various charities in his then-House District, Brown introduced legislation that would prohibit Members of Congress from receiving their salaries as long as the shutdown continues.