Military Pay Will be Delayed by Government Shutdown

Military pay for all U.S. soldiers, including those in war zones, will be frozen if the federal government cannot find a way to cut spending by midnight Friday.

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner failed to reach an agreement Thursday on how to keep the government running but talks are expected to continue through Friday.

Boehner and other members of the House planned to ask President Obama for an extension, but the President threatened to veto any stopgap measures, stating that Congress needs to put politics aside and work out an agreement.

Meanwhile, operations deemed critical to the safety of our nations people and our national security will continue, according to the Department of Defense (DoD).

In a statement released by the agency, the DoD said it will continue to conduct activities in support of our national security, including operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Japan; Libya-related support operations; and other operations and activities essential to the security of our nation. The department must also continue to provide for the safety of human life and protection of property If the government shuts down due to the absence of funding, the DoD will have no funds to pay military members or civilian employees for the days during which the government is shut down. However, both military and civilian personnel will receive pay for the period worked prior to the shutdown. Military personnel, and civilians occupying excepted status positions and required to work, are entitled to be paid for work performed during the shutdown, and will be paid retroactively once the department receives additional funding.

The DoD statement goes on to say that members of the military will be paid but an exact timeline is not yet known.

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