Fight to Sustain Federal LE Funding w/ Shield Act

Fitzpatrick Fights to Prioritize Spending for Military, Law Enforcement
SHIELD Amendment would ensure payment in case of borrowing limit restrictions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) Tuesday introduced an amendment to the Full Faith and Credit Act [H.R. 807] that seeks to protect pay for soldiers and law enforcement personnel if borrowing limits are set, or there is an interruption in appropriations.

The SHEILD Amendment gives priority to our troops and critical federal law enforcement when the executive branch is deciding who gets paid.

"This amendment calls upon the president to find other places to cut," Fitzpatrick said. "I've fought to protect the pay of those who serve our nation before. We owe it to the brave men and women who protect us on the front lines and in our communities- to make sure their pay doesn't become a political pawn in the larger fiscal debate in Washington."

"As we have seen on more than one occasion over the past two years, the risk of a shutdown due to the government reaching the statutory debt limit is very real," said Jon Adler, National President of the Federal law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), which supports the amendment.
"It is clear that should the debt limit be reached, Congress and the Administration should give priority to ensuring that the core government functions necessary to preserve homeland security and national defense can continue their critical operations uninterrupted."

The amendment is identical to the bipartisan SHIELD Act [H.R.55] introduced by Fitzpatrick earlier this year which would require the Secretary of the Treasury to make necessary funds available to continue pay and allowances during a period of lapsed appropriations for the Armed Forces or federal agencies employing critical law enforcement officers.

"While there is uncertainty about the nation's fiscal path in Washington, that uncertainty should not be passed along to our service members and law enforcement," Fitzpatrick added. "After introducing the SHIELD Act as a standalone bill, I've made it a point to include those principles when it comes to national spending."

The Full Faith and Credit Act, which is expected to be voted on this Thursday, directs the United States Treasury to pay principal and interest due on debt held by the public before making any other payments -- in the event the debt ceiling is reached.

Sen. Pat Toomey (PA) introduced the Full Faith and Credit Act [S. 163] in the Senate.