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Paying Our Military - Bills Remain in Committees

 - Status as of Friday, April 08, 2011, 6:17 p.m. based on conversations with representatives of Senator Pat Toomey’s Office over the course of the day and ongoing research. 

 

Leverage; getting lost in the budget crisis; immoral; or ignoring the federal government’s duty to provide for the common defense these Bills were not fast tracked and remain in Committees.

 

Bills to temporarily fund our military in the event of a government shutdown:

Congressional Bill: H.R. 1297, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas-R-1) March 31.

According to Washington Watch this has been referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

 

Senate Bill: S. 724, Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act, introduced by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) April 6.

 This bill according to Hutchison’s website "assures that, in the event of a Federal Government shutdown, our nation’s men and women in uniform would continue to receive their military pay and allowances."

"This bill not only protects all active duty men and women, but also those who serve in the Coast Guard and Reserve Components. Additionally, a provision is included to give the Secretary of Defense the discretion to allow those who serve as DOD civilians or contractors in support of our men and women in uniform to continue to be paid as well."

 

72 Senators are now behind this Bill.  They are:

 

1. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

2. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

3. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)

4. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)

5. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)

6. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)

7. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

8. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)

9. Senator John Boozman (R-AR)

10. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

11. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA)

12. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)

13. Senator Robert Casey (D-PA)

14. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

15. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

16. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN)

17. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

18. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)

19. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

20. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)

21. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

22. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

23. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

24. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)

25. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)

26. Senator Richard Durbin (R-IL)

27. Senator John Ensign (R-NV)

28. Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY)

29. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA)

30. Senator Al Franken (D-MN)

31. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

32. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

33. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC)

34. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

35. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND)

36. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI)

37. Senator James Inhofe (R-Ok)

38. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

39. Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE)

40. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

41. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD)

42. Senator John Kerry (D-MA)

43. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)

44. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

45. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

46. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

47. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

48. Senator Michael Lee (R-UT)

49. Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT)

50. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

51. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

52. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)

53. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

54. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

55. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)

56. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

57. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)

58. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)

59. Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR)

60. Senator James Risch (R-ID)

61. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS)

62. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)

63. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

64. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)

65. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

66. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

67. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

68. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)

69. Senator John Thune (R-SD)

70. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)

71. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

72. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)

73. Senator David Vitter (R-LA)

74. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)

75. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

 

Yet this Bill remains in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  I do not see it on the schedule for this Committee. 

 

It has been put to me by different people that “The Chairmen take their lead from their leader.” and that Harry Reid has no desire for this Bill to reach the Senate floor.  If either statement is true, SHAME ON THEM AND ALL WHO FOLLOW THEM!

 

This Committee:

Democratic Members

 

DANIEL K. INOUYE
Hawaii, Chairman

Defense (Chairman), Commerce, Justice, Science, Homeland Security, Labor, HHS, and Education, State, Foreign Operations, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development
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PATRICK J. LEAHY
Vermont

State, Foreign Operations (Chairman), Commerce, Justice, Science, Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, Transportation/HUD
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TOM HARKIN
Iowa

Labor, HHS, Education (Chairman), Agriculture and Rural Development, Defense, Energy and Water Development, State, Foreign Operations, Transportation/HUD
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BARBARA A. MIKULSKI
Maryland

Commerce, Justice, Science (Chairman), Defense, Interior,  Transportation/HUD, Labor-HHS, Education, State, Foreign Operations
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HERB KOHL
Wisconsin

Agriculture and Rural Development (Chairman), Commerce, Justice, Science, Defense, Interior, Labor, HHS and Education, Transportation /HUD
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PATTY MURRAY
Washington

Transportation/HUD (Chairman), Defense, Energy and Water Development, Homeland Security, Labor, HHS and Education, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
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DIANNE FEINSTEIN
California

Energy and Water Development (Chairman), Interior, Agriculture and Rural Development, Commerce, Justice, Science, Defense,  Transportation/HUD
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RICHARD J. DURBIN
Illinois

Financial Services and General Government (Chairman),  Defense, Labor, HHS and Education, State, Foreign Operations, Transportation/HUD, Energy and Water Development
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TIM JOHNSON
South Dakota

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (Chairman), Agriculture and Rural Development, Defense, Energy and Water Development, Interior, Transportation/HUD
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MARY L. LANDRIEU
Louisiana

Homeland Security (Chairman), Energy and Water Development,  Labor, HHS and Education, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, State, Foreign Operations, Interior
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JACK REED
Rhode Island

Interior (Chairman), Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Labor, HHS, Education, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
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FRANK R. LAUTENBERG
New Jersey

Homeland Security (Vice Chairman),Commerce, Justice, Science, Transportation/HUD, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government,  State, Foreign Operations
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BEN NELSON
Nebraska

Legislative Branch (Chairman), Agriculture and Rural Development, Financial Services and General Government, Interior, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Commerce, Justice, Science
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MARK PRYOR
Arkansas

Agriculture and Rural Development, Commerce, Justice, Science, Labor, HHS and Education,  Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development
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JON TESTER
Montana

Energy and Water Development, Homeland Security, Interior, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
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SHERROD BROWN
Ohio

Agriculture and Rural Development,  Commerce, Justice, Science, Labor, HHS, and Education, Legislative Branch, State, Foreign Operations
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Republican Members

 

THAD COCHRAN
Mississippi, Vice Chairman

Defense (Ranking), Homeland Security, Agriculture and Rural Development, Energy and Water Development, Interior, Labor, HHS and Education
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MITCH MCCONNELL
Kentucky

Agriculture and Rural Development, State, Foreign Operations, Commerce, Justice, Science, Defense, Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
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RICHARD C. SHELBY
Alabama

Labor, HHS, Education (Ranking), Energy and Water Development, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce, Justice, Science, Transportation/ HUD
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KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON
Texas

Commerce, Justice, Science (Ranking), Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Defense, Energy and Water Development, Labor, HHS and Education, Transportation/HUD
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LAMAR ALEXANDER
Tennessee

Energy and Water (Ranking), Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Labor, HHS, and Education, Defense, Transportation/HUD
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SUSAN COLLINS
Maine

Transportation/HUD (Ranking), Defense, Energy and Water Development, Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Interior
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LISA MURKOWSKI
Alaska

Interior (Ranking), Commerce, Justice, Science, Homeland Security, Interior, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water Development
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LINDSEY GRAHAM
South Carolina

State, Foreign Operations (Ranking), Defense, Energy and Water, Commerce, Justice, Science, Labor, HHS, Legislative Branch
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MARK KIRK
Illinois

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (Ranking), Financial Services and General Govt., Labor, HHS, State, Foreign Operations, Transportation/HUD
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DAN COATS
Indiana

Homeland  Security (Ranking), Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, State, Foreign Operations, Transportation/HUD
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ROY BLUNT
Missouri

Agriculture and Rural Development (Ranking), Interior, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, State, Foreign Operations, Transporation/HUD
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JERRY MORAN
Kansas

Financial Services & General Govt. (Ranking), Agriculture and Rural Development, Homeland Security, Labor, HHS, Transportation/HUD
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JOHN HOEVEN
North Dakota

Legislative Branch (Ranking), Agriculture and Rural Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Interior, State/Foreign Operations
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RON JOHNSON
Wisconsin

Commerce, Justice, Science, Interior, Labor, HHS, and Education, State/Foreign Operations, Transportation/HUD
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Comment by Thomas Brown on April 11, 2011 at 9:14am
Thanks for all the updates Wendy.  You are making me look lazy :-)

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