PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Place Blame at Feet of House Republicans if Troops Don't Get Paid During Government Shutdown

 ·  VoteVets.org, Press Release

Washington, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, is calling out House Republicans for playing political games with the Federal budget, as the government heads towards a shutdown, which would mean troops would not get their paychecks.  Though troops will receive full back-pay when a budget is passed, troops will not receive any pay for work done, after April 8.

"While our troops will be asked to continue serving, they won't be paid for their sacrifice until the government shutdown ends," said Ashwin Madia, Iraq War Veteran, and Interim Chairman of VoteVets.org.  "For troops who have spouses and kids on the homefront, who live paycheck to paycheck, even one delayed pay day could cause huge problems for them in this economy.  It simply isn't right to ask our military families and troops who sacrifice so much already to give up their paychecks because of Republican obstinacy. Shutting down the government isn't responsible."

"Facts are facts.  President Obama and Congressional Democrats have proposed tens of billions of dollars in cuts.  When the Republican Leadership refused to give on some of their demands, like cutting funds for Homeless Veterans, the President and Democrats proposed even more cuts in other areas, in a good faith effort.  At last count, the White House has proposed $33 billion in cuts, as much as the House GOP originally proposed," he added. "The Republican House Leadership is wholly responsible for putting us on the course towards a shutdown of the government, and that shutdown will hurt troops and military families."

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 100,000 members, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.  VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives.   VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.

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