On Sept. 30, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 3210, the Pay Our Military Act. This bill’s passage was necessary to avoid any interruption of military pay due to federal government shutdown.
The legislation ensures that salaries and allowances are paid to members of the Armed Forces, including active-duty reservists, the Coast Guard and Department of Defense civilian employees and contractors who provide support to members of the Armed Forces. Spending authority under the bill ends Jan. 1, 2015, or with the enactment of a regular or stopgap appropriations measure that includes military pay. The law’s provisions are valid for the entirety of FY 2014 and go into effect in any instance of a lapse in government funding affecting military pay during the fiscal year.
On Sept. 30, President Obama enacted H.R. 1412, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Expiring Authorities Act of 2013. This measure would extend VA’s authority to provide grants and assistance to several veterans programs.
This legislation would allow VA to:
Under the bill, the Department of Labor would maintain authority to run the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which provides employment assistance to homeless veterans. And VA would be authorized to use FY 2014 funding to continue the Grant and Per Diem Program to provide increased transitional housing assistance for homeless veterans and to continue the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, which provides rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention assistance to at-risk veterans.