30 Sep '13, 9pm
Congress passes shutdown exemption for military pay
Congress has passed a bill exempting the military from pay delays during a government shutdown, Senate leaders said Monday. In one of the few agreements lawmakers have been able to reach in weeks of tense negotiations, the threat of military members, including the Coast Guard, missing their mid-October payday will be resolved with a measure that appropriates whatever sum of money is needed to cover military payroll costs. The White House has not indicated whether President Obama will sign the measure, but it passed with enough support to override a presidential veto. The bill passed the Senate on Monday by voice vote. It had passed the House early Sunday on a 423-0 vote. Without this relief, troops would work during a government shutdown and accrue pay but would not receive it until government funding is restored. The Oct. 15 payday is the first date when a shutdown could ...