Shutdown would hinder Idaho Guard pay

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- They've borne the brunt of war since 2001.

Now members of the the United States military, depending on their pay status, could be among the first Americans impacted by a looming government shutdown.

"For those of us in the Idaho National Guard, it's a very, very stressful time," said guard spokesman Col. Tim Marsano.

The bottom line is the federal government would not have the authority to issue pay checks to many men and women in uniform, including those serving in the Idaho National Guard.

"That is going to affect about half of our full time force," nearly a thousand of our men and women might not have to come to work tomorrow. Unpaid leave. Nobody's looking forward to that. It's a challenge."

The threat of this latest military pay interruption comes as more than 800 guardsmen around the state of Idaho had to take six days off without pay because of the sequester.

And a government shutdown would put in doubt a statewide national guard drill scheduled for this weekend.

On Sunday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a free-standing measure promising pay for military members, as well as some federal civilians and contractors, no matter what.

But it's uncertain if the bill can pass the Senate as tensions rise.