(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said the White House is using military personnel as pawns in a political game surrounding the ongoing deficit reduction talks.
"Don't allow our military men and women to dangle over a fire and think they won't get paid," Bachmann said at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
If President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders don't reach a deal to raise the federal debt limit by Aug. 2, the government will default on its loans, resulting in what the White House warns as a potential economic disaster.
Should that happen, Obama said in a CBS News interview Tuesday there would be no guarantee that payments of military veterans' salaries would go out after the deadline.
Bachmann said the president's comments were scare tactics used to push Congress into raising the debt ceiling.
"That's a dangerous game to play," Bachmann said. "Take it off the table."
On Wednesday Bachmann announced a bill she's co-sponsoring with GOP Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Steve King of Iowa that aims to ensure service members receive their paychecks on time.
House members made a similar proposal in April amidst concerns of a government shutdown.