Obama signs military pay act, ensuring troop pay during shutdown

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Obama signs military pay act, ensuring troop pay during shutdown

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President Barack Obama has signed legislation ensuring members of the military will be paid during any government shutdown. Military pay and the pay of some federal civilians and contractors will be exempt from delay during a government shutdown. The Pay Our Military Act was signed just two hours before a midnight government shutdown.

The Senate had adopted a bill to pay members of the military in case the government shuts down. The unanimous voice vote Monday sends the legislation to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

The development came with just hours before a shutdown deadline at midnight. During a shutdown, essential federal employees are expected to report for duty but face delays in receiving their pay.

The House passed the legislation early Sunday morning.

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