Obama signs bill to ensure army will be paid during shutdown


WASHINGTON: President Obama signed a law late Monday night that ensures United States military personnel will continue to be paid even if the government is forced to shut down at midnight.

The measure covers service members, including reservists who are on active duty during the shutdown. It also covers civilians and Defense Department contractors deemed essential.

Senate Democrats are vowing to reject House Republicans’ last-minute bid to delay ObamaCare by attaching new amendments to a must-pass spending bill.

But the Senate has accepted one Republican idea — a bill that would pay the military in the event of a shutdown.

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