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Obama Signs Bill Protecting Military and Contractors' Jobs; Thousands Affected in Coastal Georgia

President Signs Bill Co-sponsored by Kingston: Troops and Their Families Should Not Suffer in Shutdown

Oct 1, 2013 – President Barach Obama signed laws Monday to protect the pay of our military as well as some other veterans funding on the eve of the government shutting down.

H.R. 3210, the Pay our Military Act stems from an effort launched two years ago by Reps. Jack Kingston (R-GA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) to prevent financial hardship for military families.

“Having the great honor of representing more than 35,000 troops in and out of war zones, I know that they and their families cannot afford to miss a paycheck,” said Kingston, who led debate on the measure.  “We as Americans should be able to come together to ensure that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and Coast Guardsmen are all paid and paid on time.  Those who put their lives on the line in defense of this country should not be left worrying whether their loved ones are being taken care of at home.”

The House unanimously approved the legislation to protect troop pay

President Obama also signed H.R. 1412, the "Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2013," which extends certain expiring authorities affecting veterans and their families, increases the amount authorized for specific homeless veterans programs, and verifies the incomes of pension recipients with information obtained through the National Directory of New Hires;

And, he signed:

H.R. 3092, the "E. Clay Shaw, Jr. Missing Children's Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2013," which expands the purposes for which Justice Department grants related to missing children, including grants to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, may be used; and establishes requirements for audits and other oversight of grant recipients.

In addition to providing pay for the 1.4 million members of the military, the military pay bill measure would continue pay for civilian personnel and contractors determined by the Secretary of Defense as necessary to provide essential support to troops, which affects hundreds of jobs in the Coastal Georgia region.

Kingston said the move was necessary because the Senate has failed to act House-passed legislation to fund the Department of Defense through the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.  Current funding levels expire at midnight on Sept. 30.

“It has been nearly 70 days since the House passed legislation to fund the Defense Department and provide for our troops,” Kingston said.  “Had Harry Reid and Senate Democrats done their job, this wouldn’t be necessary at all.”

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