While both congressional leaders and the Obama administration were publicly optimistic this morning that continuing talks will avoid a government
shutdown on Friday, the possibility still looms.
If the government does shutdown on Friday, in the middle
of the military’s two-week pay period, troops would get paid for the first
week, Pentagon officials told The Washington Post on condition of anonymity.
Both House and Senate Republicans introduced legislation that would pay
troops if a deal isn’t reached. It’s still unclear if the bills would pass either
chamber before Friday.
On-post childcare centers will remain in the event of a shutdown. They are
considered critical services and public affairs officers for both the Army
Installation Management Command and the Commander Navy Installation Command
have stated they will not close despite government shutdown. This applies to
Marine Corps facilities as well, as they fall under the CNIC.
Bill Costlow, a deputy in the public affairs office for the Army Installation
Management Command, said All-Ranks Clubs, gyms and libraries should also remain
open in case of a shutdown. They are funded by non-appropriated funds and
operate independently of the Congressionally approved budget.
In addition, Army and Air Force Exchanges should remain open, though a few
products may not be available for sale. For example, firearms might not be
available for purchase if federally-required background checks cannot be
performed, said Army Lt. Col. Tom Shrader, chief of public affairs for the Army
and Air Force Exchange Service. As with the gyms and libraries, the exchanges
are not supported with funds from the government budget, so they may continue
You might want to stock up on milk, meat and produce, though, because
commissaries could close during a government shutdown.