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April 7, 2011

Pay Our Troops; Don't Shut Down Government

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(Mrs. HARTZLER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Mrs. HARTZLER. Madam Speaker, I rise today on behalf of men and women in uniform who won't get paid if Senator Harry Reid continues to refuse to pass the continuing resolution and shuts down the government later this week. They deserve better.

We have warriors fighting on our behalf in two theatres, bravely standing strong for our ideals of freedom and liberty. Meanwhile at home, their families are sacrificing too. Spouses are bravely running the household and being both mom and dad to their children.

While they are fighting for us, the Senate and the President are AWOL, doing nothing to make sure our soldiers are getting paid, even as the President takes us into a third war. In fact, they're actively promoting a shutdown because they believe it will benefit them politically.

I say, shame on them.

The House has proposed a CR which funds the Defense Department for the rest of the year, ensuring our men and women in uniform and their families receive their well-deserved paychecks and our country is defended.

We need to pass this bill and move forward and stop playing politics. Our military deserves nothing less.

(House of Representatives - April 6, 2011)

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