October 3, 2013
On October 3, 2013, House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairman C.W. Bill Young spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 3230, the Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act. The bill passed the House on a vote of 265-160.
Chairman Young's statement follows:
"Mr. Speaker, the Pay our Guard and Reserve Act would fix a simple drafting error that existed in HR 3210, the Pay Our Military Act.
"This bill was intended to appropriate funding so that ALL of our servicemembers, active duty, Guard and Reserve, will receive their paychecks on time and without interruption during the government shutdown.
"As most of you know, our Guard and Reserve members perform two kinds of training throughout the year. Annual training, which occurs for two weeks a year, and Inactive Duty for Training, which is commonly referred to as weekend drill.
"While HR 3210 appropriated funding for pay and allowances for servicemembers who perform active service during the shutdown, it mistakenly omitted pay and allowances for performing inactive duty training or weekend drill.
"This was a simple technical drafting error in the legislation.
"I have heard from many concerned members requesting that we address this issue as quickly as possible to prevent any lapse in pay for our Guard and Reserve members during the shutdown.
"This bill would correct that and ensure that all of our servicemembers receive their paychecks on time, including for time served on weekend drill.
"The Pay Our Military Act passed the House unanimously, and I believe this bill should have broad bipartisan support as well.
"Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and I yield back.