Sending Office: Honorable Brian K. Fitzpatrick
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Co-Sponsor the bipartisan SHIELD Act (H.R. 489) to ensure that servicemembers and federal law enforcement officers continue to receive paychecks in the event of shutdown or default

Supported by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Fraternal Order of Police

The SHIELD Act will ensure compensation for our Armed Service members and critical federal law enforcement personnel in the case of an interruption of congressionally-appropriated funds, during periods of a government shutdown or in the event of
reaching the debt ceiling.


Dear Colleague,


Now is the time to ensure that our nation’s men and women in uniform continue getting paid even if Congress fails to do its job.

The Strengthening Homeland Security, Intelligence, and Essential Law Enforcement Department (SHIELD) Act accomplishes just that, ensuring compensation for our servicemembers and federal law enforcement personnel during a government shutdown or in the event
of reaching the debt ceiling.

Specifically, the SHIELD Act:

  1. Automatically makes emergency appropriations during a shutdown for:
    1. Military pay and allowances.
    2. Federal law enforcement officer pay and allowances.
  1. In the event of reaching the debt ceiling, guarantees pay to:
    1. Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, including the reserve components thereof, who perform active service.
    2. Federal law enforcement officers.

The men and women of our Armed Forces and federal law enforcement have dedicated their lives to standing up for us. Now is the time for us to stand up for them by guaranteeing they get paid for doing their jobs no matter what

If you would like to co-sponsor the SHIELD Act (H.R. 489) or have any questions, please contact Joseph Knowles (Fitzpatrick) at or
Maryam Janani (Spanberger) at




Brian Fitzpatrick                                             Abigail Spanberger

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Appropriations, Armed Services, Budget, Homeland Security

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Number: 489
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