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Senate Rejects Bill to Guarantee Military Pay in a Shutdown

September 28, 2023

Caroline Coudriet


Caroline Coudriet, CQ / September 27, 2024

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a unanimous consent request to consider a bill ensuring troops are paid during a government shutdown, increasing the likelihood of servicemembers missing a paycheck next month. 

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska., asked the Senate to fast-track his legislation (S 2835), which would allow for the ongoing payment of salary and benefits to servicemembers, civilian employees and military contractors in the event of a shutdown. 

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., objected, suggesting that exempting the military from the shutdown’s impact days before the deadline would make it more difficult for Congress to avoid it altogether. 

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