Cramer Votes to Fund National Guard During Shutdown
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer voted to ensure inactive-duty National Guard and Reserve personnel continue to be funded during the current federal government shutdown. The measure provides continuing pay and allowances for inactive-duty National Guard and Reserve members, and allows weekend training to continue.
“The House has passed a bipartisan bill to pay the men and women in our National Guard and Reserve. I have one message for the Senate: you had better not kill it again with another 54 to 46, party-line vote. Those who serve in our North Dakota Guard are critical to the security of our nation, protecting our homes on the river, and more than 200 of them are here in Washington, D.C. right now watching over the skies of our nation’s capital. The House of Representatives is resolved to keep our National Guard active and ready, and I sincerely hope the Senate will show the same commitment,” said Cramer.
Unless the House bill is advanced or the shutdown is ended, inactive-duty training will be canceled impacting nearly 4,400 North Dakota National Guard soldiers and airmen. Other personnel impacts include federal tuition assistance and processing delays of student loan repayment, re-enlist bonus payments, and travel expenses. To this point, each bipartisan continuing resolution sent to the Senate by the House has been defeated in a strict party-line vote.
Cramer also signed a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday requesting he allow our uniformed, civilian, and contractor employees to return to work without further delay given the broad authority given to him through the House bill.