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Reid Doesn't Say If He Will Allow Vote on Bill to Pay the Troops (Update: Bill Passes Senate)

3:20 PM, Sep 30, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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On Saturday night, the House of Representatives voted 423-0 to pass the "Pay Our Military Act," which would ensure that the troops will be paid in the event of a partial government shutdown.

Harry Reid official portrait 2009

Monday afternoon, the Senate killed House amendments to delay Obamacare and repeal the medical device tax, but Congress's upper chamber has not yet moved on the free-standing troop-funding bill.

Asked this afternoon if the Senate will vote on the troop-funding bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid told THE WEEKLY STANDARD, "We'll see what [other senators] want to do." Reid shrugged his shoulders when asked if the vote might be held today or tomorrow.

Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that he was "sure" the Senate will vote on the measure to pay the military. "I'm sure [the Senate] is going to vote on it. I don't know when," Levin told me.

Update: The Senate passed the "Pay Our Military Act" by unanimous consent. The bill now goes to the White House for the president's signature.

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