Congressional Deal Could Avoid Shutdown, Troop Pay Freeze

Posted September 28, 2016 at 11:18am

Stars and Stripes reports that “with three days to go, Republicans said Wednesday they have a plan to pass a temporary federal budget to keep the government open – and avert possible troop pay freezes and civilian defense furloughs.”

“Republican leaders said the compromise could placate Democrats by adding emergency funding into separate legislation that they demanded for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. But Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday morning that his party is ‘not there yet’ and still had concerns with the GOP plan.”

“The political brinksmanship could grind government to a halt and cause financial headaches for active-duty troops if their paychecks are delayed. But it has become common on Capitol Hill where a year ago lawmakers were fighting over efforts to halt funding for abortion-provider Planned Parenthood, causing the Defense Department to warn its personnel of pay freezes and potential furloughs for hundreds of thousands of civilian workers.”