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Guarantee Paychecks for America's Military Families Act

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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES | 116th Session of Congress

H.R. xxx

 

Mr. Allen, for himself, Mr. Grant, Mr. Crafts, Mr. Macmillan, and on behalf of the American People, submit the following:

A BILL
To prioritize certain government obligations for continued payment in the event that the statutory debt limit is reached, to appropriate funds for the pay and allowances of all members of the Armed Forces, and for those civilian employees of the Department of Defense and the Coast Guard serving in a combat zone.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE

This act shall be referred to and cited as the 'Guarantee Paychecks for America's Military Families Act.'

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS

In this act --

(1) The term 'Armed Forces' means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, including reserve components.

(2) The term 'combat zone' has the meaning given that term in section 112(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

(3) The term ' contingency operation' has the meaning given that term in section 101(a)(13) of title 10, United States Code.

(4) The term 'military personnel accounts' means the military personnel, reserve personnel, and National Guard personnel accounts of the Department of Defense, generally title I of an annual Department of Defense appropriations act, and the corresponding accounts for the Department of Homeland Security used to provide pay and allowances for members of the Coast Guard.

(5) The term 'pay and allowances' means basic pay, bonuses and special pay, allowances and any other forms of compensation available for members of the Armed Forces under title 37 United States Code, or otherwise paid from military personnel accounts.

(6) The term 'period of lapsed appropriations' means any period during which appropriations are not available due to the absence of a timely enactment of any act or joint resolution (whether a general appropriations act or an act or joint resolution making continuing appropriations) appropriating funds for the payment of the pay and allowances of members of the Armed Forces or civilian employees of the Department of Defense and the Coast Guard.

SEC. 3. PRIORITY GIVEN TO PAYMENT OF CERTAIN GOVERNMENT OBLIGATIONS IN EVENT DEBT LIMIT IS REACHED

(a) In the event that the debt of the United States Government, as defined in section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, reaches the statutory limit, the following obligations shall take priority over all other obligations incurred by the Government of the United States:

(1) The obligation of the Secretary of the Treasury provided in section 3123 of title 31, United States Code, to pay with legal tender the principal and interest on debt held by the public.

(2) The obligation of the Secretary of Defense (and the Secretary of Homeland Security in the case of the Coast Guard) to pay members of the Armed Forces the pay and allowances earned under title 37, United States Code, and other compensation paid from the military personnel accounts.

(3) The obligations incurred by the Secretary of Defense (and the Secretary of Homeland Security in the case of the Coast Guard) to carry out a contingency operation, including the pay earned by civilian employees of the Department of Defense and the Coast Guard serving in a combat zone.

SEC. 4. PERMANENT APPROPRIATION OF FUNDS TO PROIDE ANY PAY AND ALLOWANCES FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND CERTAIN CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES DURING PERIOD OF LAPSED APPROPRIATIONS

(a) For any period of lapsed appropriations, there are appropriated, out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to the Secretary of Defense (and the Secretary of Homeland Security in the case of the Coast Guard) such amounts as may be necessary to allow the Secretary of Defense (and the Secretary of Homeland Security in the case of the Coast Guard) to provide, during the period of lapsed appropriations and without interruption --

(1) pay and allowances to members of armed forces, including reserve components thereof, who perform active service during the period of lapsed appropriations; and

(2) pay to civilian employees of the Department of Defense and the Coast Guard serving in a combat zone.

SEC. 5. ENACTMENT

The provisions of this act shall be enacted upon its Constitutional Passage

SEC. 6. PLAIN ENGLISH SUMMARY

Guarantee Paychecks for America's Military Families Act -- To continue payment to military families and active duty military in combat zones in case of a government shutdown if the debt limit is ever reached.

Edited by Anthony

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Mr. Speaker, 

I object to uc as i spoke earlier with the sponsor before this bill was put on the docket. I wish to add an amendment that they supported.

 

I yield

 

OOC: Will added later tonight I just finished playing two hockey games today and traveling home now.

 

Edited by Jellybeans

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Mr. Speaker,

 

Since the following is covered by  conisunency plan and can change by the whelm of any adminstraction.

 

I move to add a sec 5 as follows

 

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SEC 5. 

 1.   Funding for the programs under Titles II, XVI, and XVIII of the Social Security Act and VA disability payments, Survivor Benefits Plan payments, and retiree payments will continue, even in the event of a lapse in appropriations.

 (a) Social Security Administration will not be furloughed during a government shutdown.

 

 

I yield

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Mr. Speaker,

I accept the amendment as friendly.

With the amended bill, I move for passage via UC.

I yield

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Amendment recognized and accepted as friendly. See as the gentlewoman’s objection was to amend and not to debate, the first UC is still recognized. 

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