The Army is operating paycheck to paycheck
Last month, we wrote about a looming budgetary crisis, which threatened to stop soldiers’ pay after June 15. It all stems from the emergency war supplemental funding bill, which Congress has refused to pass over key disagreements. The Pentagon calls it appalling that soldiers could not be paid because of politics. Back then, I thought that Congress and the Pentagon would posture until the last minute, and the crisis would be averted. As it turns it, this game will instead be prolonged.
Congress has now said the Pentagon can move money from Air Force and Navy personnel accounts over to the Army so that the paychecks could go out this week, which solves part of the problem. It will allow the military to pay the Army through the end of this month, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell announced today. He added though that the military still needs $102 billion. So right now, no one knows whether the military can pay next’s month salaries.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England sent a memo around the department asking for ideas in case it comes to that point, yet the military said it is confident it won’t come to this point.
For now, the U.S. Army carries on, paycheck to paycheck.