Pay our active military during the government shutdown
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Pay our active military during the government shutdown

    1. Petition by

      S M

      Littleton, CO

UPDATE:  A bandaid resolution has been passed allowing a budget extension until Thursday 4/14. Our military is NOT out of the woods yet. PLEASE continue to sign the petition to show your support! We may very well be back in the same boat come Thursday evening.

If no agreement is reached between the bickering partisans, the US federal government will shutdown at midnight on Friday, April 8th. It has been repeated that this government shutdown would not include "essential" functions; however, what many Americans would label "essential" are apparently not considered such by our governing bodies.

On April 7th, the Department of Defense released a memo detailing the effect the impending shutdown will have on our country's armed forces:

"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."

Our military personnel overseas will still be asked to put their lives in the line every day, but will not be paid for their services. Meanwhile, the pay for the members of Congress whose bickering will force our government to shut down will receive their regular pay without delay.

Simply put, this is an abomination. Our country's lawmakers have completely lost sight of what is important to the American people. The political parties responsible for allowing it to come to this ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Please sign this petition to encourage to demand that our lawmakers come to a resolution to ensure that our military families do not suffer financially because of partisan politics.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Carrie Margrave GREAT BARRINGTON, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      Active Duty military personnel should not be used as a political football. Pass legislation NOW that removes military pay from this and any future budget showdowns. It is despicable that the GOP refused twice a straight up or down vote on the military pay. It is also the height of hypocrisy that they also refused to allow a vote on cutting Congress pay to even reach the floor.

    • Tiffany Hazen SEGUIN, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      Without the military, America would have no freedoms! We would probably be part of England or being dictated.

    • Heather Musu CAPAC, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      You have no idea how the families of military personnel will be hurt by this. My sister is active military and I know she won't be able to support her family during this. It's wrong and should be stopped.

    • Laura Suttle LYNNWOOD, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please think of those overseas in harms way who do not need this weighing on their mind while trying to stay alive!

    • amy toney CHESAPEAKE, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is insane! The men and women of the military should be an exempt group from pay cuts for ANY reason!


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