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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Black Stands Up for Military Families

April 7, 2011
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Late last night, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), took to the House floor to urge colleagues to ensure members of the armed forces receive pay in the event of a Democrat-forced government shutdown. 

“As the daughter, wife and mother of veterans, I will always stand up and support our men and women in uniform and the case of ensuring military pay in the event of a government shutdown is no exception,” said Black.  “There are too many families worried about whether their loved ones will come home safely from Iraq and Afghanistan—they don’t need to worry about where the next paycheck is coming from too.”

Recently, the Department of Defense issued a Guidance Memorandum indicating that “military personnel will serve without pay” in the event the Senate fails to adopt a spending bill for the rest of the year. 

In response, Black and over 80 Republican Members signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, urging the Senate to pass a bill ensuring our troops and their families are compensated for their service for the rest of the year.  Black is also a cosponsor of H.R 1297, the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011, which is a stand-alone bill to guarantee our military is paid on time. 

“Our nation’s military families already sacrifice so much for this country, they shouldn’t have to go without during a government shutdown.” said Black.