H.R. 3210: Pay Our Military Act

H.R. 3210

Pay Our Military Act

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
September 28, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Saturday, September 28, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 3210, the Pay Our Military Act, under a rule.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3210 provides a direct appropriation to pay the salaries and allowances to members of the Armed Forces (including active duty reserves and the Coast Guard) during any period in FY 2014 in which interim or full year appropriations bills are not in effect. Also provides the same authority to the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security to pay civilian employees and contractors engaged in support of the Armed Forces during the same period. The authority for making these payments shall last until enactment of a Continuing Resolution or regular appropriations bill providing for such payments, or a continuing resolution or regular appropriations bills without appropriations for these purposes, or January 1, 2015.

Background

On March 21, 2013, the House passed a motion to concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 933, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013. (See Roll Call #89).  The bill included five full-year appropriations bills: Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, Science; Homeland Security; Defense; and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. In addition, the bill contained a continuing resolution to fund the remainder of the federal government at levels provided by H.J.Res. 117.  Finally, the bill specifically directed that the sequester applied to funding levels.

On Friday, September 27, 2013, the Senate passed an amendment to H.J.Res. 59 by a final vote of 54-44 (See Vote Number  209).  The Senate amendment maintains current funding levels; however, it changes the expiration date of the continuing resolution to November 15, 2013; and it strips the language included in Sections 137 and 138 of H.J.Res. 59 (debt prioritization and defunding Obamacare). Finally, the Senate amendment included six anomalies not included in the House- passed resolution.

Additional Information

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