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Gohmert Introduces Armed Services Always Paid (ASAP) Act

Legislation ensures military personnel are paid on time in the case of a government shutdown

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Washington, April 27, 2017 | comments
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding his bill, the Armed Services Always Paid (ASAP) Act, which ensures that members of the United States Military get their paycheck on time in the event that Congress cannot pass a budget:

“Those who stand between us and loss of freedom –or even annihilation –deserve our utmost respect and honor. The heroic men and women of the U.S. Military risk life and limb daily to certify the safety and security of all Americans at home and abroad. If Congress cannot pass an appropriation, it’s not right for these valiant warriors and their families to suffer through a late paycheck.”

“In 2013, the Pay our Military Act was signed into law. That act, which allowed members of the armed forces to receive full pay and benefits during the shutdown, was passed unanimously by the House and Senate. However, the 2013 bill only exempted military pay for Fiscal Year 2014, not for any future years. We have the responsibility to provide complete certainty to the men, women, and families who sacrifice so much for our freedom every day.”

 “Passed in the House just before the government shutdown in 2013, the Pay our Military Act only exempted military pay for Fiscal Year 2014 and not for any future years. The introduction of the Armed Services Always Paid (ASAP) Act is essential and will make certain that all members of the military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, Coast Guard, and reserve components will receive their pay on time during any lapse in appropriations. This essential legislation will permanently ensure that our heroes in uniform never have to wonder whether their next paycheck will ever come, how they’ll pay their bills, or even face the fear of losing their car or house.”

“No military member should have to worry about the financial situation of their family back home. They need to have the peace of mind that their paycheck will arrive on time and in full. These warriors place their lives on the front lines to protect and defend this nation. They deserve to be placed at the top of our interests here in Congress.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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