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Matt Gaetz Offers Bill to Keep Armed Forces Members Paid in Case Congress Doesn’t Have Deal on Debt Ceiling

Today, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) introduced the “Armed Services Always Paid Act,” also known as the “ASAP Act.” As debt ceiling negotiations continue to loom large, Rep. Gaetz’s “ASAP Act” will

This week, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced a proposal to “ensure all active-duty members of the Armed Forces, including reservists, will continue to be paid even if a debt ceiling agreement is not reached in time.”

Gaetz brought out the “Armed Services Always Paid (ASAP) Act,” which he introduced on Monday.

“While President Joe Biden and lawmakers in Congress negotiate the debt limit plan, I hope we can all agree that our military service members should be paid without delay, regardless of how long discussions may take. My legislation, the Armed Services Always Paid (ASAP) Act, will ensure our military receives pay in the event of any lapse of appropriations,” said Gaetz.

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-SC, is the only co-sponsor of the bill so far.

Gaetz’s bill was sent to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. Senate.


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    Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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