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S 777

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 777

To clarify the authority of the Secretary of Defense to provide for the pay of the military of the United States under the Feed and Forage Act of 1861.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 8, 2011

Mrs. HUTCHISON introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services


A BILL

To clarify the authority of the Secretary of Defense to provide for the pay of the military of the United States under the Feed and Forage Act of 1861.

    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 `Temporary Military Pay Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. AUTHORITY OF THE SECRETARY.

    (a) In General- During a funding gap impacting the Armed Forces, the Secretary of Defense shall under the authority provided under section 3732 of the Revised Statutes (41 U.S.C. 11) provide pay and allowances (without interruption) to the following:

      (1) Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, including reserve components thereof, who perform active service through the funding gap.

      (2) At the discretion of the Secretary of Defense, such civilian personnel of the Department of Defense who are providing support to the members of the Armed Forces described in paragraph (1) as the Secretary considers appropriate.

      (3) At the discretion of the Secretary of Defense, such personnel of contractors of the Department of Defense who are providing direct support to the members of the Armed Forces described in paragraph (1) as the Secretary considers appropriate.

    (b) Funding Gap Defined- In this Act, 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 accounts of the Armed Forces for that fiscal year have not been enacted.

    (c) Expiration- Authority under this Act expires on September 30, 2011.

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