Government Shutdown Will Force America’s Soldiers to Keep Fighting Without Pay

This should be obvious, but as Lolita Baldor reports for the AP when the government shuts down it’s not just that programs conservatives don’t like go away—troops in Iraq and Afghanistan won’t get paid.

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Under federal law, many classes of federal employees keep needing to work if the government shuts down. FBI agents serving under cover won’t suddenly drop out, and federal prisons will keep operating. But the people who do these jobs won’t get paid.