Obama addresses troops on shutdown impact
01 October 2013, 14:16
Washington - President Barack Obama told US troops in a
video message early on Tuesday that they would still get paid on time, despite a
Obama earlier signed emergency legislation ensuring that
wages would continue for service members, despite much of the government
shutting down after Congress failed to defuse a huge federal funding row.
"Unfortunately, Congress has not fulfilled its
responsibility, it has failed to pass a budget," said Obama, in the
message broadcast on the Armed Forces Broadcasting network.
"If you are serving in harm's way we are going to make
sure you have what you need to complete your missions."
"The threats to our national security have not changed,
and we need you to be ready for any contingency," Obama said.
The president warned however that many non essential
civilian contractors, unlike their colleagues in uniform, would not be paid.
"I know the days ahead could mean more uncertainty,
including possible furloughs, and I know this comes on top of the furloughs
that many of you already endured this summer," Obama said.
"You and your families deserve better than the
dysfunction we're seeing in Congress."
"I will keep working to get Congress to reopen our
government and get you back to work as soon as possible."