Media never mentions who decides which government employees are “essential”
It will be morally outrageous if President Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate sacrifice the funding of our armed forces for the next six months on the altar of government-funded abortions in the District of Columbia. But the preemptive announcement by the administration that U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines must work without pay during a shutdown has already clinched the award for moral outrage after April Fool’s Day.
The United States Constitution does not address shutdowns per se, but does require Congressional authorization before funds are withdrawn from the Treasury. Federal statutes grant the President the authority and discretion to defines who gets salary priority during emergencies.