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S 774

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 774

To appropriate funds for pay and allowances and support for members of the Armed Forces, their families, and other personnel critical to national security during a funding gap.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 8, 2011

Mr. BAUCUS introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations


A BILL

To appropriate funds for pay and allowances and support for members of the Armed Forces, their families, and other personnel critical to national security during a funding gap.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Enduring Support for Defenders of Freedom and Their Families Act'.

SEC. 2. APPROPRIATIONS FOR PAY AND ALLOWANCES AND SUPPORT FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES, THEIR FAMILIES, AND CERTAIN OTHER PERSONNEL CRITICAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY DURING A FUNDING GAP.

    (a) In General- During a funding gap impacting the Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security, the Secretary of the Treasury shall make available to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, out of any amounts in the general fund of the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, amounts as follows:

      (1) Such amounts as the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security determine to be necessary to continue to provide pay and allowances (without interruption) to the following:

        (A) Members and dependents of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, including reserve components thereof, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who perform active service during the funding gap.

        (B) At the discretion of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, such civilian personnel of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security who are providing support to the personnel referred to in paragraph (1) as the Secretaries consider appropriate.

        (C) At the discretion of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, such personnel of contractors of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security who are providing direct support to the personnel referred to in paragraph (1) as the Secretaries consider appropriate.

      (2) At the discretion of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary Homeland Security, such amounts as the Secretaries determine to be necessary to continue carrying out programs (and the pay and allowances of personnel carrying out such programs) that provide direct support to the members of the Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security, including programs as follows:

        (A) Programs for the support of families, including child care and family support services.

        (B) Such programs of the Department of Defense for the provision of medical treatment as the Secretary of Defense considers appropriate, including programs for the provision of rehabilitative services and counseling for combat injuries (including, but not limited to, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)).

    (b) Funding Gap Defined- In this section, the term `funding gap' means any period of time after the beginning of a fiscal year for which interim or full-year appropriations for the personnel and other applicable accounts of the Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security for that fiscal year have not been enacted.

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