From NBC’s Luke Russert
If a government shutdown becomes inevitable, lawmakers appear ready to pass last-minute legislation to prevent the most unpopular possible effect of a funding gap: the delay of paychecks to members of the armed services.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has introduced legislation that would pay the military on time even if a larger federal funding lapse occurs. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, has introduced companion legislation in the Senate and has indicated that the measure has ample support on her side of the aisle.
GOP sources tell NBC News that if a shutdown appears inevitable there is a very good possibility this military funding bill would be brought to the House floor, passed quickly, and sent on to the Senate.
“The pressure is fortunately mounting now on both sides to take care of those who are fighting for us,” Gohmert said on his Facebook page.
The House has already passed a measure that would fund the military through the rest of the fiscal year, but it is attached to a larger one-week spending bill that both Senate Democrats and President Obama have said they would reject.