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March 30, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV-03) released the following statement after joining Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08) in introducing the Strengthening Homeland Security, Intelligence, and Essential Law Enforcement Departments (SHIELD) Act, a bill which would prioritize pay for members of the military and law enforcement community in the event of a budget impasse:

“Day in and day out our men and women in uniform risk their lives so that our families can live in a world free from harm. We have a moral obligation to ensure that our armed forces and federal law enforcement receive the support and care they deserve for their sacrifice,” said Congresswoman Jacky Rosen.

“It is incredibly important that we put party politics aside especially when it involves supporting our armed forces who shouldn’t have to go without pay because Congress can’t agree on passing a budget. That’s why I am happy to work across the aisle by introducing the bipartisan SHIELD Act because coming together as Americans to keep our homeland safe is simply the right thing to do.”

“Our nation’s service men and women, and members of the law enforcement community, put their lives on the line in protection of our nation. The last thing they should have to worry about is receiving a paycheck because of budget battles in Washington,” said Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.

“I’m proud to introduce the bipartisan SHIELD Act to ensure our commitment to those who serve us, even in times of financial uncertainty.”

The bipartisan legislation would ensure compensation for service members and federal law enforcement personnel in the event of an interruption of Congressionally-appropriated funds, during periods of a government shutdown or in the event of reaching the debt ceiling by authorizing the Treasury to make available necessary amounts to continue such pay and allowances.