Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sen. Tim Kaine: Senate Dems likely to approve House bill to keep funding military

David Eldridge
Washington Times
Sept. 29, 2013

They may not agree on anything else, but Republican and Democratic lawmakers are on the same page when it comes to military pay: Neither side wants to be blamed for soldiers not getting paid in the case of a government shutdown.

Sen. Tim Kaine, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said the Democrat-controlled Senate likely will approve a bill that passed the Republican-controlled House just hours earlier that calls for no interruption of military paychecks, even in the case of a shutdown.

“In all likelihood we will. We think it’s insufficient — it doesn’t cover [Veterans Affairs] and other important workers — but it is necessary, and I don’t suspect that will be too controversial,” Mr. Kaine, Virginia Democrat, said.

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