On Monday, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) introduced the “Armed Services Always Paid Act,” also known as the “ASAP Act.” As debt ceiling negotiations continue to loom large, Rep. Gaetz’s “ASAP Act” will ensure all active-duty members of the Armed Forces, including reservists, will continue to be paid even if a debt ceiling agreement is not reached in time.
Congressman Gaetz has made the welfare of our service members a top priority while in Congress. During the House Armed Services Committee markup of the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last year, Congressman Gaetz introduced an amendment, which stated service members who were separated from the military after rejecting the COVID-19 vaccine mandate should be reinstated with their full rank and pay. Whether the issue be debt ceiling negotiations or unnecessary vaccine mandates, Rep. Gaetz has made it clear that the United States of America needs to pay our service members—no matter the changes in domestic policy.
“While President Joe Biden and lawmakers in Congress negotiate the debt limit plan, I hope we can all agree that our military service members should be paid without delay, regardless of how long discussions may take. My legislation, the Armed Services Always Paid (ASAP) Act, will ensure our military receives pay in the event of any lapse of appropriations,” said Congressman Gaetz.