Government Shutdown - Will Military Get Paid?
Will federal workers and contractors be paid?
According to the federal Office of Management and Budget, “essential” employees who stay on the job would not get a paycheck at first. But they would be entitled to retroactive pay once the government is running again. What will happen to nonessential employees is not so clear, though. They would have to come to the office on the first day of a shutdown for up to half a day to secure files, fill out time and attendance forms and “otherwise make preparations to preserve their work.” Whether they would eventually receive back pay is up to Congress and the White House. In past shutdowns, those employees were paid retroactively, but there is no guarantee. Federal employees would not, however, be allowed to substitute paid leave such as vacation time, or to even work voluntarily without pay. That’s against the law.
And military retirees, will they get retirement pay?
Retired members of the military have a lot less to worry about as their benefits are not funded through the annual appropriations process, but instead paid for by multi-year bills. Those checks will keep coming because Congress has already committed the money.
But we have a mortgage/rent/car payment/utility bills. How are we supposed to pay our bills if my spouse doesn’t get paid?
Sadly, Congress doesn’t seem to care. You are on your own. If you have some savings set aside, this would be a great time to use them. If you have relatives or friends who might loan you some money, this is a great time to ask for a favor. The pay will come, eventually, and you will be able to re-fund your savings or pay back a loan.
Our mortgage/rent/car payment/utility bills are automatically paid each month. What do we do if there’s no money in our account?
You need to call your bank, your creditors, your landlord and your utility companies. Explain the situation and ask them if they will work with you and will agree to accept your payment late. You need to make those calls NOW. Do not wait until the pay doesn’t come on October 15. Do it in advance and be polite. You are asking for a favor and they do not have to help you. Be gracious.
Will we be reimbursed for any overdraft or late fees we incur?
Most likely not.
Sign up for our emails & get our best articles delivered right to your inbox!
10 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate and Honor Veterans Day
(Photo Credits: Photo Pin) The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marked the signing of the armistice to end the Great War, or what would later be known as WW1, in 1918. One y...
5 Step Plan to Save Money on Groceries
There’s been a coupon craze going on and I use to feel bad for not stocking up on items that were on sale. The main reason I didn’t jump on the coupon band wagon was because we have limited space a...
Hanging Up the Sea Bag - As Retirement Quickly Approaches
The time is getting closer (okay, a year and a half away, but still). We need to plan it. Maybe I need to plan it. I am good at planning; heck, I plan a birthday party for my kid every single ye...
A: My husband comes home from his first deployment soon. We have only been married a little over a year and he has been deployed most of that time.... Read more.
A: My husband is deployed and they are scheduled to be coming home soon. I keep seeing other spouses in the unit posting stuff like dates and locatio... Read more.
A: I know lots of people who hate base housing, but I really like living on base. Well, I did until my new neighbors moved in... they are driving me... Read more.
A: At what point should we let our kids have a say in whether or not we accompany their dad on his next PCS? Our children, ages 15 and 17, have really... Read more.
A: Dear Sally, My friend dumped me because my husband was promoted and hers was not, how do I deal with this? -- Rank Ruined Friendship Dear Rank Ru... Read more.