Senator Murkowski joins bill ensuring military pay in government shutdown

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) cosponsored legislation today that would guarantee all branches of America’s Armed Forces continue to be paid in case of a government shutdown. With Fiscal Year 2023 ending this Saturday at midnight, and no agreement between the House and Senate to fund government operations before the start of the new fiscal year, S. 2835, the Pay our Military Act of 2023, would appropriate funds to pay the salaries of all Armed Forces, including the Coast Guard. The legislation would also ensure civilian Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel and contractors, that the department’s determine are essential to “providing support to members of the Armed Forces.”

“When our men and women in uniform have asked me about a potential government shutdown, they haven’t inquired about their pay. The first thing they ask about is how it will impact on our military readiness,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski. “That selflessness speaks to why I’m so committed to ensuring that America’s military will continue to be paid in the event of a government shutdown. Our Armed Forces should not have to deal with political disruptions interfering with their paycheck or ability to engage their mission of keeping Americans safe. This is non-negotiable for me.”