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house Bill H.R. 4793

Should Active Duty Military Personnel Get Paid During the Shutdown?

Argument in favor

Active duty military personnel put their lives on the line to defend our nation. They and their families shouldn’t have to worry about getting paid late because Congress can’t get its act together and this ensures their financial security isn’t undermined by a government shutdown.

Lucia's Opinion
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01/20/2018
What kind of question is that? Ask should congress get paid during government shutdown
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01/20/2018
It's wrong that members of Congress would still get paid in the event of a shutdown while paychecks for members of our military would be disrupted. If members of Congress can't fulfill their basic duty to keep the government open and provide the essential services Americans depend on, then they don't deserve their paychecks. Period.
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Caitlin's Opinion
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01/21/2018
The only people who should stop getting paid during a government shutdown are the people in Congress.
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Argument opposed

If other federal employees are being furloughed and have to wait for back pay because of the government shutdown, active duty military personnel and civilian workers that support them should be in the same position.

Donna's Opinion
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01/20/2018
I support our troops and their families. If Congress truly wanted to make sure they were all taken care of, they would have worked harder to keep the government open. I do find it ironic that Congress continues to get paid for failing to do their job while our men and women in uniform are not paid while they continue to do theirs. Since Congress controls the purse strings, you can see where their priorities truly lie. Maybe Congress can forego their pay and pass that along to the troops during a shutdown they caused.
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RadicalModerate's Opinion
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01/20/2018
No. We spend way too much on murdering people in poor countries only to benefit corporations. Its another symptom of our broken congress.
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Ticktock's Opinion
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01/21/2018
The only way to drive the gravity of our failure and our elected representatives failure home is to fail to pay the military? We have chosen these people to represent us and we have made poor choices. They are failing the entire country not only by failing to pass a budget on time but also by not representing our country’s best interest as a whole all year long. The issues that are preventing the passage of a budget have been known for months but not resolve. Our Congressional representatives have been too busy playing at politics rather than doing the business of the country. There are too many other influences other than the needs of their constituents: special interest groups, campaign contributors, or simply the fact that they are too sure of their control of their position. Another factor is the career politicians, they stay in Washington too long then move on to become lobbyists. We have allow the politicians to create a career path for themselves. If we want this Tom Foolery to stop let’s set term limits, limit the amount a human can contribute to a campaign and only allow contributions from living breathing humans individuals and bar anyone who works in or for Congress from lobbying ever. If we do not change the conditions that exists we should accept more of the same.
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      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJanuary 16th, 2018
    What kind of question is that? Ask should congress get paid during government shutdown
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    I support our troops and their families. If Congress truly wanted to make sure they were all taken care of, they would have worked harder to keep the government open. I do find it ironic that Congress continues to get paid for failing to do their job while our men and women in uniform are not paid while they continue to do theirs. Since Congress controls the purse strings, you can see where their priorities truly lie. Maybe Congress can forego their pay and pass that along to the troops during a shutdown they caused.
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    It's wrong that members of Congress would still get paid in the event of a shutdown while paychecks for members of our military would be disrupted. If members of Congress can't fulfill their basic duty to keep the government open and provide the essential services Americans depend on, then they don't deserve their paychecks. Period.
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    The only people who should stop getting paid during a government shutdown are the people in Congress.
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    Congress and the President aren’t doing the job they were elected to; they should forego their pay. Pay the military.
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    This is a no brainer- no pay would be punishing those who give all for our freedom. How about no pay for the President and Congress during the shutdown? That makes more sense!
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    The military is on the front lines at all times, 24/7, and should not be affected by a shut down. No pay or compensation will send them a terrible message that their sacrifices are not valued and may jeopardize national security. Thanks
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    Pay military and relinquish yours
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    No. We spend way too much on murdering people in poor countries only to benefit corporations. Its another symptom of our broken congress.
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    Yes as should pensioners. Congress should not, and no back pay.
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    YES! Congress should NOT get paid but our Military definitely SHOULD! 🇺🇸
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    The only way to drive the gravity of our failure and our elected representatives failure home is to fail to pay the military? We have chosen these people to represent us and we have made poor choices. They are failing the entire country not only by failing to pass a budget on time but also by not representing our country’s best interest as a whole all year long. The issues that are preventing the passage of a budget have been known for months but not resolve. Our Congressional representatives have been too busy playing at politics rather than doing the business of the country. There are too many other influences other than the needs of their constituents: special interest groups, campaign contributors, or simply the fact that they are too sure of their control of their position. Another factor is the career politicians, they stay in Washington too long then move on to become lobbyists. We have allow the politicians to create a career path for themselves. If we want this Tom Foolery to stop let’s set term limits, limit the amount a human can contribute to a campaign and only allow contributions from living breathing humans individuals and bar anyone who works in or for Congress from lobbying ever. If we do not change the conditions that exists we should accept more of the same.
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    Yes of course. The military is an appropriate expense. Defund all the inappropriate expenses, like Obamacare.
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    We still have bills that we have to pay and working on a fixed salary means we have to make every penny strecth
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    Lets be fair about it , all you Senators and Representatives should also be giving up your pay..... Why Not, Pray Tell?
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    I bet the Military Contractors are still getting paid during the shutdown. Military personnel should get paid what Military contractors get paid for the same or similar work.
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    Our troops don’t get enough appreciation.
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    Our soldiers, who protect the right for us to have a Constitution Republic should never go unpaid because our political leaders cannot quit squabbling. End of story
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    Please do your jobs & end the shutdown! And give the Dreamers a path to legalization too! :)
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    YOUR DAMN RIGHT THEY BETTER‼️
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