Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat representing Missouri, made a motion to insure the salaries and death benefits of members of the military would still get paid through the shutdown. She said,
“I want to make sure that tonight we send a very clear signal that we don’t want one moment to pass with there being any uncertainty of any soldier anywhere in the world that they will be paid for the valiant work they do for our national security.”
She asked the motion be approved without objection.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, responded to her motion. He said,
“I object. My hope is that we can restore funding for the entire government before this becomes necessary.”
The motion to approve pay and military death benefits was tabled.
It became necessary.
A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter crashed early Saturday morning in California, killing two soldiers.
In case you were wondering why we shouldn’t base congressional decisions on Mitch McConnell’s hopes.
By the way, members of Congress will continue to receive their full pay during the shutdown.