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White House Highlights Shutdown Threats to Pay for 1.3M Troops, National Security

September 27, 2023

Alex Gangitano

The Hill

President Joe Biden speaks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Alex Gangitano, September 26, 2023 / The Hill

The White House warned Tuesday that a shutdown would undermine U.S. national security and force 1.3 million service members to work without getting paid, in its latest effort to call out House Republicans for not funding the government.

“During an Extreme Republican Shutdown, servicemembers would continue working every day to keep our country safe, including our 1.3 million active-duty troops — but wouldn’t receive their paychecks until funding becomes available,” the Biden administration outlined in a memo, noting that under a shutdown, nonessential government workers are put on furlough.

The memo outlined the active duty troops that would be furloughed by location — which includes 171,700 troops working abroad; 163,300 troops in California; 129,400 troops in Virginia; 114,200 troops in Texas; 95,900 troops in North Carolina; and 66,900 troops in Florida.

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