We've just recieved word that military members are non-excepted federal employees, which means that the service we provide is so important that we will continue to provide it even in the event of a government shut-down. This is not news to me, having served during the government shut-down during the Clinton administration.
What is news, is that despite being considered essential, military members will not be paid if a budget agreement is not reached by midnight, 8 April. Ever since the Reagan administration, the guidance in this situation has been provided by an OMB directive that ensured that military members would continue to receive their paychecks in the event of a shut-down. This new policy is a conscious departure from established precedent. Is this what people meant when they spoke of voting for change?
Does the decision to forego obligations to military families reflect a party philosophy? Is it related in any way to the fact that the same party held the White House and both houses of the legislature last year, and could have passed a budget at any time?