With a government shutdown looming within six hours, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, said this afternoon that Congress has to take action to prevent any kind of disruption in pay to the military.
Inhofe is sponsoring legislation that would ensure the military gets paid through any shutdown, and he urged senators to clear that bill quickly. Lankford said House Republicans want the Senate to take up their bill that would keep the government running for a week and keep the military running for the rest of the fiscal year.
Lankford said military families have been calling his congressional offices concerned about what will happen to troop pay in the event of a shutdown.
He said there have been “a lot of conversations” on Capitol Hill today about how to shield the military from the fallout of a shutdown.
According to the Department of Defense, Oklahoma had 21,673 active duty military personnel in 2009 and 15,640 Guard and Reserve members.