When is payday for government?
April 8th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
10 years ago

When is payday for government?

Washington (CNN) - In the event of a government shutdown, the paychecks for millions of non-essential federal workers, members of the military and some in Congress will be delayed - or not even come at all.

CNN asked how those affected get paid:

The office of the House Chief Administrative Officer said that lawmakers get paid on the first of the month. Others, including their staffers and other personnel, receive a paycheck at the end of the month.

According to the Secretary of the Senate's office, all those in the Senate - lawmakers, staff and other personnel - are paid on the 5th and 20th of every month.

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service's website notes that paychecks are given out on April 15 and April 29.

If a shutdown occurs, service members would still fight overseas and serve here at home but not be paid until a shutdown is over.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, during a visit with troops in Iraq Friday, said that "If the government shuts down on the eighth and is shut for a week, you'll lose a half a paycheck. If it were to go on until the 30th, you would lose a whole paycheck."

Also, the Navy Credit Union says they will cover the April 15th paychecks for Navy personnel in the event of a shutdown.

Federal workers
The Officer of Personnel Management said that federal workers are paid every two weeks. The next paycheck is set for April 15.

Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Hector Medrano

    easy for boehner to say we will not roll over, when most of them will not be affected.................

    April 8, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    When is pay day for the GOPT, the Grand Old Tea Party?

    April 8, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    After fillibustering every budget bill and every jobs bill for the last two years, the republicans need to pay the taxpayers back for the last two years of doing NOTHING BUT OBSTRUCTING this country's progress.

    April 8, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Angel

    Shouldn't the military be paid before congress? This is wrong having soldiers fighting overseas, and not getting paid for it. With familiy's here struggling to put food on their own tables. The soldiers down range don't need their attention taken off the task at hand.

    April 8, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Melissa

    As of right now, military members are only getting paid half of their April 15th paycheck. It's already showing in their pay statments (LES).

    April 8, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. one foxy lady

    I think these idiots may be doing DC a favor....think of all the $$$$ that will go into the coffers of DC if the police do their job and arrest these tasteless fools , take them to jail and arraign them on charges of littering.....Pay up or scrub graffitti you fools.

    April 8, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Tim

    Grow up.

    April 8, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. diridi

    when we cut all the benefits of Congress and senate, including their salary, then that is the pay day for us all....Wake up....revolt.....GOP drama stop......do not give health benefits to any of the elected pics, and GOP thugs....period.....not communist, but realistic.....true...God bless the nation, the USA!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Military supporter

    I dont watch the news often unless it affects the military, but when i saw this and realized that the gov. expects people to work even though they are not getting paid and then stay at their jobs. Well the government doesnt know the american people like they should. But i do know the american people because i am one of those american people. I may be yound and not have alot of experience like most american people have, but i have had my share of experiences. And one of those experiences is that people will not work if they dont get paid. First off the american people are already stressing out over jobs and other issues that they are trying to work out. As you already know america isnt doing that well in the economy and just shutting down the gov and not paying people is goin to do more harm then good. My cousin is in the military and so are his brothers and they only got half their pay for the fifteenth. I may not know much but i do know that they are protecting this country with their life and you want to cut their pay and then maybe not pay them. What I think needs to happen is that the congressman and the senate start agreeing on something cause it seems like the last ten years i was alive the congressman and the senate have not agreed on anything unless it makes their pockets bigger. So i suggest that the government stop arguing and just agree on something and work out details later for the sake of the american people. Because if people dont get paid they dont work and since its a federal law that you can not make people work with out paying them just imagine how many people will be out of a job and looking for other sources of income. And with all do respect it seems like the people who do the criminal acts and make money off it and dont pay taxes for their sale will be making out more then people who are honest and live the honest way. The point being is that if the gov. shuts down then america will be in a worst place that what is already in because people will be poor and bills wont be paid and its as my grandmother says " once you get behind, you may never catch back up"

    April 8, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. no one imporyant

    How retarded cant capital hill be. How are they going to explain to a slain soliders family that they are unable to pay them because congresses almighty wisdom wanted to cut the military pay to half. All the throat cutting,backstabbing,thieving, money hungry, corrupted, hypercritical, low life snakes thinking that a govt. shutdown is going to save or much less help. whats going to happen when they reconvene and open. The Us Federal Govt. is nothing more then a slap in my and every other solider,airman, marine and sailor, and spitting in our faces. WHAT AN INSULT NOT ONLY TO US BUT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY ARE THE INSULT AND AN EMBARRASSMENT. I think if they shut down they don't even deserve to go back. Why should we have to give up half of our pay just for them have a full paycheck for a vacation. But seriously what are they going to tell the families of fallen soldiers. If they really want a solution to the money problems then they need to do away the the welfare program, and other Govt.programs that is allowing the leeches,sponges and lazy people people a free life. That would help out a lot

    April 8, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Jv thompson

    Leaders should always be first partakers before requiring others also if a sodier mind is on where his heart is family friends how they are going to make it then the effects of war could be turn for the worst imagineable for everyone directly and indirectly let us and the world see what kind of leaders we have by first partakers or lack of leaders understanding leadership

    April 8, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Jennifer

    How can the President, our commander in chief say that he will veto a bill that would give military their paychecks ...i would just like to know if he would see things differently if he wasn't getting paid , if he had to worry about feeding his children , why would we take commands from a president who won't even support the military. As a military wife, and im sure i speak for alot of the military right now , i will not be voting for Obama in 2012!!!

    April 8, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Carl Box

    I just checked my pay and I have only been paid for one week of this month. As a Soldier I am fully aware that I am expected to be at work regardless as I will still be paid eventually. The problem lies with the cost of getting back and forth to work. As it has also been stated what are we to do about our utilities and other necessities. Since it appears this is actually going to happen should President Obama at least issue an executive order requesting deferments and ceasing penalties of any sort for govrnment employees to all companies they do business with or owe money?

    April 8, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Aaron R.

    Ok so I'm going into the military this coming monday so where would that put me??

    April 8, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. BJ

    Let's see...government workers chose to work for the government and they know the potential for the government shutting down. When I don't work, I don't get paid...why do they? Military should NEVER have to worry about their pay...period.! What a deal...no wonder so many people want to work for the government...the government created laws containing different rules and don't have to make the same sacrifices as the rest of us. Any WONDER we're loosing our country??

    April 8, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. We The People

    when the government shuts down, we the people should select an entire new government because,it should be looked at as an admission that both parties cannot fullfill the needs of the people.

    April 8, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. josh

    but im sure congress will still receive their paychecks......makes me sick to see soldiers fighting overseas and this squabble going on back here.....lets just take congress' pay.....that should solve it

    April 8, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |