Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby To Forgo Congressional Pay if Troops Go Without During Shutdown

April 8, 2011
Press Release

“House Republicans passed a bill this week to avert a government shutdown, cut $12 billion in spending, and—most importantly—provide pay for our nation’s military families for the remainder of the year, regardless of the outcome of the larger budget debate.

“Passing this bill should be a ‘no brainer’ for Senate Democrats. Instead, Majority Leader Harry Reid so far has refused a vote, and President Obama even called the troop funding legislation a ‘distraction.’ It is unconscionable that our Commander in Chief would pass on an opportunity to ensure that the government provide for his troops and their families. Like many Americans, our men and women in the military—especially our enlisted service personnel who are often on the front lines of conflicts around the world—are struggling to make ends meet. Missing just one paycheck could have devastating effects. U.S. troops deployed around the world should be focused on the successful completion of the mission at hand, not worried about whether spouses and children are ok back home.

“The goal is to cut spending while keeping the government open. If Democrats are going to reject the call of the American People for less spending while driving us into a government shutdown, I think it is important that Members of Congress be treated the same as our men and women in uniform. Accordingly, I have instructed the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives to hold my taxpayer funded congressional salary for any day that our troops go without regular pay during a shutdown, should one occur.”