With a week left for the Senate to act to avoid a government shutdown, Rep. Tom Reed is taking proactive steps to ensure military men and women and seniors are secured from a shutdown's impact. Reed has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives, the Pay Our Veterans and Seniors First Act, to pay veterans and seniors while forfeiting pay for Congress and the President in the event of a government shutdown.
"Our bill rightly puts our service men and women and seniors above Congress and the President should a shutdown occur," Reed said. "Obviously our hope is that the Senate acts and a shutdown is avoided, but we need to be prepared and have protections in place for our military and seniors. Inaction is not fair to our veterans and seniors. That's why we are making it very clear they are our priority and we have their backs."
Reed and the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution last week to keep the government open and protect Americans from the President's costly and complex health care law. "Americans deserve the freedom and flexibility to choose an affordable health care plan that best cares for their family," Reed said. "Our bill gives families that opportunity and eliminates the threat of a government shutdown."