Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen expressed concern recently about the military not getting paid if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling. Both President Obama and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said the government cannot guarantee payment to troops if the debt limit is not extended. Seemingly with this conundrum in mind, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced legislation this week to ensure payment to all active-duty service members, including those in the reserves, if the government defaults on its obligations. Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) co-sponsored the bill.
While Bachmann and King are against increasing the limit, Gohmert said recently that Obama is “fearmongering” about what happens after Aug. 2 if the country’s debt ceiling isn’t raised. It’s unclear then why he feels the need to co-sponsor this military funding bill if he thinks the military will be paid past Aug. 2