This bill ― known as the Pay our Protectors Not Our Politicians Act of 2018 ― would provide pay for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel performing national security activities during a government shutdown. It’d also prohibit members of Congress from receiving pay during any period when appropriations have lapsed prior to January 1, 2019.
Specifically, it’d provide for the pay and allowances of:
Members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components, on active duty;
Members of the reserves performing inactive duty training;
Civilian personnel or contractors of the Dept. of Defense and DHS who provide support to members of the Armed Forces;
DHS employees performing national security activities.
Funding would also be provided during a government shutdown for payments related to:
Funeral and burial expenses;
Authorized funeral travel or travel related to the dignified transfer of remains and unit memorial services;
The temporary continuation of a basic housing allowance for dependants of members who died on active duty.
Because Congress can’t cut or increase the pay of the current Congress, pay would be withheld during any government shutdown occurring during the 115th Congress and released at the end of the Congress.