Troops Likely Won’t Get Paid If Federal Government Shuts Down

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — If there’s a government shutdown on Saturday morning, most federal workers will be told to stay home and they won’t get paid.

However, one important part of the federal government must report to duty, but they won’t get paid either, at least not right away.

At a time when tens of thousands of American troops are fighting wars overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq and enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, it’s hard to imagine that a government shutdown means U.S. troops won’t get paid.

“I think it’s terrible. The military should be the first ones to get paid. They protect our country in service,” Retired Air Force Major Jim Hinnebusch said.

Air Force Guardsman Dan Yakich says a missed paycheck is really difficult for young military families.

“I think it’s going to be hard,” he said. “Everybody lives paycheck to paycheck, so I think it’s going to be very hard for everybody.”

Military personnel get paid on the 1st and 15th of each month. A shutdown on the 9th means half pay on April 15th and no pay on May 1st.

The working military will eventually get their back pay, but not until the shutdown is over.

One group certain to get paid during the shutdown – members of Congress. Despite a bill by Sen. Bob Casey to require a forfeiture of lawmakers’ pay, that bill is stalled.

There is a last-minute effort to allow the military to get full pay as scheduled.

Despite strong support, there’s no indication at this time that Congress will pass this bill that will allow the military to get their pay on time.

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  1. Dave says:

    The article says that they’ll get their pay eventually. Isn’t that true for all furloughed govt people? I do agree though that the military should somehow get their money, moreso than the congress who will be getting theirs. The military are the true heros of our country and don’t get what they deserve.

  2. critter says:

    they will get paid. dont believe these liberals like Delano

  3. INDEPENDENTS ROCK says:

    OBAMA GETS PAID EVEN IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN YEAH I HEARD HIM GIVING HIS SPEECHES AND BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE BUT HIMSELF .
    HE WILL NOT SIGN OFF ON LETTING SOLDIERS TO GET PAID IF HE DOESN’T GET HIS WAY.

    1. We Are The Tripplehorns says:

      Im pretty sure Obama (or any president) really doesnt need his paycheck but for god’s sake this is the leader of the free world. He has the toughest job in the world. You should be embarrassed if he doesnt get paid what amounts to a pittance in the grand scheme of it all. Besides, can he help it that the GOP stifles everything he tries to do? If Obama said he wanted to put a fresh coat of paint on the Whitehouse mailbox Fox News would report its just another example of out of control spending. Yes, the haters are that bad. As far as I can tell Obama is the only guy in Washington that seems willing to compromise across the aisle.

      1. Mike says:

        The Dems tried passing a bill to pay the soldiers that was focused only on the budget. However, the Republicans insisted that it be larded up with all their “riders”, and that is what passed the house. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the Republicans are trying to use our soldiers as a political pawn again.

      2. READ THE CONSTITUTION says:

        Compromise?!?!?!? Are you serious? He’s an idiot puppet who does whatever Soros tells him to do. And its the dems who are refusing to agree to the budget. The PEOPLE voted and are sick of the ridiculous spending the dems and Obama were doing. The PEOPLE are sick of the over spending on entitlement and welfare programs. The GOP and independents are finally listening to the PEOPLE and doing what they promised to do when they were voted in. Only an fool (or a liberal which is pretty much the same thing) who can’t think for themselves would say its the GOP’s fault. They’re doing what the PEOPLE are demanding. As for paying the military they should be the only people getting paid until a budget is passed.

      3. We Arent The Tripplehorns says:

        Close your eyes and pretend Obama is an old white guy. Are you still scared?

        But seriously, I dont think Obama should be lumped in with the Dems. He is trying to appease both sides that is clear. GOP is only jealous because it is not their turn to skrew us over. Im fed up with both parties. they both are good for nothing at all. Don’t get caught up in the blame game with them. It only makes it worse.

      4. Faux News Profits From Pandering says:

        You know the guy that says “read the constitution” has never actually done it either. Hey guy, Just repeating everything Bill O’Reilly says doesnt make you a great thinking American patriot genius, it makes you an irrational slob nazi.

      5. hwright says:

        I fully agree with you. Its a real shame how REPUBLICANS act! They are so sneaky and I just laugh how they’re getting called out on all their political injustices. People are so blind and can only believe what the news says dont they understand who owns these companies?

      6. Dan says:

        your full of beans

      7. INDEPENDENTS ROCK says:

        LOL@ OBAMA YOU OBVIOUSLY DID NOT PAY ATTENTION TO THE MAJORITY IN 2010.
        2012 KISS OBAMA AND HIS COMMUNIST THUGS GOODBYE AND IF YOU PAID ATTENTION OBAMA IS THE ONE THAT WILL NOT ALLOW SOLDIERS TO GET PAID.
        4 YEARS OF A DEMOCRAT MAJORITY IN BOTH HOUSE’S AND 2 YEARS OBAMA
        WAIT TILL 2012 .

      8. HWRIGHT says:

        REALLY DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT A RIDER IS?????????? IS IT REALLY THAT OBAMA DOESNT WANT TO PAY FOR SOLDIERS OR IS IT HE DOESNT WANT TO PASS A BILL THAT HAS MANY THINGS IN BESIDE THE PAYMENT OF SOLDIERS GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF FOX NEWS AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE DOING! DID YOU FORGET ABOUT WISCONISIN THATS A TRUE REPUBLICAN………..

      9. Frank says:

        May I remind you, that this budget was suppose to be passed and ready to go 1 October of last year. There was zero, nada anything that the Republicans could do to stop it or having President Obama sign a budget, because the Democrats were in complete control of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Presidency. Someone(s) is (are) blowing smoke at you and you are not seeing things rightly because of the haze. Soldiers would have continued getting paid if the Democrats would have passed a budget last year…how do you blame Republicans now for something Democrats were required to do last year…your postings lack sense.

      10. Chippy55 says:

        And how did Obama manage to get a Social Security number that was issued in Connecticut, but he never lived there, hmmm? He was in Hawaii, but the number – 042-68-4425 – was originally issued to someone who was born in 1890, and passed away. How do we know this? Simple, the Social Security Organization will give you information on a number that’s no longer being used, only costs $29. And how do we know he used it? Simple, he registered with the draft when he turned 18. See, he didn’t know that he’d be President, and he and the Missus have multiple SS numbers.

  4. TotallyDisgusted says:

    Don’t forget about Corbett and his crooks! Funny that they are getting a raise for doing NOTHING, and military members who risk their lives everyday, won’t get paid!

    1. WHERE IS THE SOURCE says:

      IF YOU DON’T MIND COULD YOU REFER ME TO A NEWS STORY OR INFORMATION
      THAT SAYS IN FACT THAT CORBETT AND HIS CROOKS ARE GETTING A RAISE .
      I HAVE NOT HEARD THIS BEFORE AND I’M ALWAYS INTERESTED IN LEARNING.
      PLEASE POST IT HERE OR ANYONE ELSE THAT KNOWS ABOUT THIS BUT IT MUST BE FROM A SOURCE AND NOT JUST SOMETHING YOU POST , PROVIDE A SOURCE PLEASE.

  5. the Real Solution says:

    Here’s an idea. Bring all the boys back home and save billions a day.

  6. TotallyDisgusted says:

    Glenn Beck- if I were a soldier in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Lybia putting my life on the line- I’d expect my check on the 1st and the 15th of EVERY month!!! You do understand that they have families back home that they STILL take care of don’t you? (Mortgages, car payments, electric and gas bills, groceries) I don’t think we need soldiers fighting a war, and stressing out about if their loved ones are going to be homeless and hungry- while elected officials have not a worry in the world because they’re STILL getting their pay checks no matter what!!!

  7. Ashley Murphy says:

    If anything our soldiers should get paid they go out and risk theirs lives for us. And of course the congress men will get paid they don’t don’t nothing but sit on the behinds this is ridiculous leave to obama he need out of the office

  8. VC says:

    My son is serving in Afghanistan…he won’t get paid, but the lazy people that collect welfare, and sit on their butts, will continue to get their checks…total b.s….

    1. 2059 says:

      VC..I couldn’t have said it better. Cut the welfare payments and save billions. The way I see it if you’re on welfare you’re a lazy shiftless bum.

    2. Dan says:

      get rid of well fare completely…..it was a good idea, but its just abused now…that would save millions, maybe billions

    3. Chippy55 says:

      The President sent $1,7 million to Qaddafi (who’s a multibillionaire) one month before he started the war with Libya, that’s what it’s called when you bomb another country, he likes to think up cute names like “kinetic troop movements”. And what did Al Qaeda do with that money that was intended to “protect their border”? They sent it to Afghanistan’s Al Qaeda, thus, he supplied Al Qaeda with arms to kill soldiers. He wants Qaddafi to protect his border, but at the same time he’s suing Arizona for trying to protect its border.
      He got cute by inserting microchips into thousands of AK-47s that were sent to Mexico so he could “see where the guns go”. And they were used to kill ICE agents, and farmers in Arizona.
      Elections have consequences. In 576 days we can elect somebody else. God bless your son for serving, something the Commander in Chief never did.

      1. Researcher says:

        Please reread the story. No one inserted microcips into AK-47s.
        That was a sarcastic suggestion by comeone objecting to the
        tracking of the weapons.

  9. TotallyDisgusted says:

    Best idea I’ve heard so far, bring them all back home! Take care of our own problems first!

  10. tocchet says:

    worst president ever obama

    1. hwright says:

      Oh really, just because hes blocking all the political riders that the REPUBLICANS try to sneak through to benefit themselves? Wake up dude! Blame the republicans and nothing else. The military would pay if the Republicans wouldnt be so difficult. Clean to the point bills isnt their nature. Do you see that. Obama and his administration is for the people and only for the people and the Republicans cant stand that.

      1. true USA citizen says:

        OBAMA is not for me !

      2. WHAT EVER says:

        CONGRESS DID TRY TO PASS A TEMPORARY BILL TO PAY THE MILITARY BUT HARRY REID ( C ) FROM NEVADA IS NOT LETTING IT GO THROUGH.
        THERE IS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE MIKE ROSS ( D ) FROM ARKAN. WHO COMMENTED THAT HE WANTS AND DID VOTE FOR WHAT’S RIGHT INSTEAD OF USING THIS SITUATION FOR A POLITICAL PIECE .
        MAYBE BOTH SIDES CAN LEARN FROM HIM .

      3. HWRIGHT says:

        HAVE YOUR FELLOW REPUBLICANS EXPLAIN RIDERS!!! GOOD LUCK

      4. WRIGHT WRONG says:

        HWRIGHT DO YOU REALLY THINK THE MAJORITY WAS WRONG IN 2010 , JUST BECAUSE YOU AND THE MINORITY WANT TO BLAME REPUBLICANS.
        DON’T TRY TO TELL ME THE COMMUNIST/DEMOCRATS NEVER TRIED TO SNEAK IN BOGUS IDEAS INTO A BILL.
        AND DON’T TELL ME HOW THEY DIDN’T PASS A HEALTHCARE BILL THAT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL .
        #1 I’M NOT A REPUBLICAN #2 I WILL WATCH WHATEVER I WANT WHENEVER I WANT.
        #3. DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT THINGS YOUR TALKING ABOUT BEING PUT INTO THIS.
        2012 JUST LIKE 2010

      5. HWRIGHT says:

        OH NAME CALLING. LMAO, 8 YEARS OF REPUBLICANS AND NOW YOU BLAME IT ON DEMOCRATS SORRY THIS COUNTRY DIDNT GET INTO THIS CONDITIONS IN 3 YEARS. GO BLOW SMOKE UP YOUR YOU KNOW WHAT. BELIEVE ME REPUBLICANS HAVE WOKE UP A SLEEPING GIANT. THEY HAVE NO CHANCE IN 2012

      6. YOUR WELFARE CHECKS WAITING says:

        EXCUSE ME 4YEARS OF DEMOCRAT MAJORITY IN THE CONGRESS 2 YEARS OBAMA.

  11. Bob says:

    What aa joke! The guys dodging bullets overseas won’t get paid but the guys dodging responsibilities in DC will. What a system, only in America! People want to criticize one party or the other, I say both political parties are to blame. Someone should remind them that they are our representatives, not our overlords.

    1. Ben says:

      One of the fiew posts that tells the truth. We have gotten into the mindset that this party is right or that party is right, that we are forgetting what is important, the people and the survival of our country. We need to stop this bipartisan bickering and start solving problems. It’s not one party that caused these problems, it’s the government as a whole. They don’t care about anything other than their own bank accounts and interests. If more people thought like us, we might actually get somewhere.

  12. TotallyDisgusted says:

    The source is KDKA!!! Read the article Corbett Defends Budget Cuts in Clairton! He declined to comment when asked about it! I wonder why…..

  13. TotallyDisgusted says:

    Gov. Corbett Defends Education Cuts In Clairton

    April 7, 2011 8:51 PM

    CLAIRTON (KDKA) — He was touring a high-tech business in Clairton, but with charts and graphs at his side, there was no question Governor Corbett came to defend his budget – especially the cuts in education.

    The governor says some school districts need to consider big changes.

    “Frankly, I think school districts around the state are going to have to start taking a look at can they continue to exist?” Corbett said. “There should be a consolidation or a merger somewhere.”

    The governor admits his plans are not popular. He acknowledges his poll numbers have sunk, but he’s not surprised.

    [worldnow id=5733287 width=385 height=255 type=video]

    “When you make change, people react to it – some positively, some negatively,” he said. “They’re reacting to a very difficult budget proposal.”

    On other topics, Corbett declined to talk about his request that some unionized state employees take a 4-percent pay cut. Others in the state, including his staff and the Legislature, got raises.

    “Paul, I’m not going to answer that question,” Corbett said. “We are in negotiations. I promised the unions we would negotiate in good faith. We will negotiate in good faith.”

    [worldnow id=5733847 width=385 height=255 type=video]

    And the governor defends his plan to not tax Marcellus drilling, but says he believes impact fees to pay for environmental damage are necessary.

    As for the governor’s remarks on school mergers, there’s a move afoot by some school districts in our area to do just that.

    The Carlynton School District is calling for some other districts to hold informal talks about a merger. The Keystone Oaks School Board agreed to take part in those talks.

    *This is the source*

    1. WHERE IS THE SOURCE says:

      THANK-YOU FOR THE INFO TOTALLY DISGUSTED I APPRECIATE YOUR ANSWER ONLY NOW I’M DISGUSTED, THANKS AGAIN

  14. Bush says:

    I think its just a bunch of BS, They think they can do whatever whenever they want its not fair for the military families to not get paid its people car payments, and BAH which is for house payments, gas, groceries and so on. Let those big wheels in the white house not get paid then they will c how it feels, they can care less as long as they get paid, as for obama he won’t get my vote when his time is up.

  15. PatrickandAnna Woods says:

    Military wife of an active duty soldier stationed Stateside here. We get paid on the 1st and 15th of the each month. Just checked our Leave and Earning Statement (paystub) today and we are only getting paid half of what we would would normally be bring home on the 15th. Not sure if we will be paid on the 1st of May at all. This is all I know about what will happen to our pay. I am not posting this comment to complain only to inform people of what many military and other DoD families are dealing with right now as a result of this shutdown. I understand other people in the world have it worse off then we do and I appreciate everything that we have just still not sure why our pay is being affected here. I will continue to research online for answers.

  16. In Arears With the Beers says:

    To the schmuck who says did you forget the majority vote in 2010 wait till 2012. I guess you forgot the majority vote in 2008(Obama) and 2004(Gore) because Bush was beyond incompetent. You fail to recognize that the parties just take turns skrewing us over. The party in majority tries to railroad their agenda and the party in the minority stifles the other from getting anything substantial done. Flip flop back and forth every couple years and the oars are all going in different directions. What ever happened to compromise and finding the solutions? American politics no longer serves the people, but rather it serves the politicians, lobbyists, and makes sludge like Bill O’Reilly richer for shaking the hive with half the story.

  17. No Welfare says:

    I bet they never gave a second thought to cutting welfare checks and food stamps though..that’s what drives this country to the ground

  18. Rita says:

    This goverment can take care of every other country but our own USA. Now our great president can decide NOT to pay our troops who are fighting for every american in this country is absolutely unacceptable. STOP supporting the immigrants and welfare people and make them go to work for their dollar!!!!!! People don’t have to work because our great goverment keeps extending the weeks to be on welfare. Cut their checks and food stamps and sent the immigrants back where they come from. Tax all imports to the hilt or stop them. Buy AMERICAN!!!

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