Why Soldiers Won't Get Paid During a Shutdown but Congress Will

theatlantic:

If lawmakers are unable to pass a budget before the April 8 deadline, soldiers will stop getting their paychecks. Meanwhile, President Obama, Speaker Boehner, and the rest of our federally elected representatives will continue to get paid. The comparison is quickly becoming the easiest way to frame the point of how the people who are responsible for averting a government shutdown will be shielded from its impact. Thus, headlines like “Boehner to Be Paid as Soldiers Wait If Government Closes,” which is running on Julianna Goldman’s Bloomberg report.

The President and members of Congress will be paid during a shutdown, in part because their salaries aren’t paid out of regular appropriations bills but instead through a mandatory spending statute. If they want to change that, they’ll have to pass new legislation.

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    THIS IS F-ING RIDICULOUS.
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    Ha! I was just going to say the same thing. This is going to be great for morale.
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Wait… what?! You do know that the military has guns, right? This is fucking ridiculous. When is our...
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    I’d also like to point out the Senate is controlled by Democrats, the House by Republicans, and Manchin and Boxer are...

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