Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) cosponsored the Pay Our Military Act – legislation introduced by Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO-06) in response to a potential shutdown of the Federal government.

This commonsense legislation would ensure that men and women serving in the armed services continue to receive pay even in the case of a shutdown. The bill would also protect the pay of Department of Defense civilians and contractors necessary to support service members, as well as National Guard troops activated in the event of a presidential emergency declaration.

“I will continue to help lead the effort to pass a government funding measure and avoid an unnecessary government shutdown,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “But it would be unconscionable for our troops and defense employees to worry about their paychecks while they serve to keep our nation safe, and that’s why I am proud to cosponsor this important piece of legislation. I urge my colleagues to quickly act to pass this important, commonsense bill to give our military the peace of mind they and their families deserve.”