December 6, 2023
Sailors and Marines return to San Diego from a deployment. File photograph by Chris Stone

As a Republican-forced authorities shutdown looms on Sunday, the Protection Division is warning that troops might should serve with out pay.

“Troops would go with out pay. Navy households can be impacted, in fact. For people that aren’t getting paychecks, that impacts how and once they should buy groceries, baby care, all of this stuff. Commissaries can be closed on bases,” mentioned Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh.

However she promised that regardless of the hardship, the navy will proceed to defend the nation.

“The U.S. navy goes to proceed to do its job and shield our nationwide safety pursuits and … these of our allies and companions as effectively,” she mentioned.

Members of the right-wing Freedom Caucus in Congress have refused to signal spending payments with out deep total cuts. Final week caucus members voted in opposition to an $826 billion Protection Invoice, with caucus Chair Scott Perry of Pennsylvania warning “it results in will increase in spending that’s crippling our residents.”

In previous shutdowns, Congress has discovered a method to hold troops paid, and Rep. Jen Kiggans representing areas round Norfolk has launched a invoice to take action this time. But it surely hasn’t but handed.

In any occasion, civilian Pentagon staff wouldn’t be paid throughout a shutdown.

“We’re hoping that Congress can attain a deal to avert a shutdown,” mentioned Singh. “However we’re planning for that.”