"We believe the last signal we want to send to men and women in combat is, while you’re out fighting bad guys around the globe, political games are keeping your salary from being paid to you," Kingston says.
"The bill that we’re pushing will ensure that they get paid on time, there is no lapse..they’re covered, and that takes care of the peace of mind we owe to them for putting themselves on the line for us," Gohmert says.
Scores of House members, Republicans and Democrats alike, have already signed on as co-sponsors of a bill designed to kick in, should shutdown become a reality. While military paychecks are guaranteed, they could be delayed.
Texas Congressman John Carter also favors this bill. His district includes U.S. Army base Fort Hood.
"The worst thing we could do to them is to make them be concerned about their families back home," Carter says. "In my opinion, to use them as a toy or some kind of pawn in this political movement is the wrong thing to do."
In fact, both sides are playing politics with the specter of a government shutdown. Neither side wants to make military service members pay the price for that, which is why the two sides will almost surely come together, if and when this bill comes to the floor early this week.
It was an all GOP lineup at the press event announcing this bill. But Congressman Louie Gohmert insists:
"It’s not just pointed at Democratic leadership but at both our leaderships – let’s just get it done."