House passes military pay bill tied to government shutdown

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press about the government shutdown in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press in the briefing room of the White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. military would continue to be paid in the event of a government shutdown under a bill passed on Sunday by the Republican-led House of Representatives.

House Republicans drafted the measure as part of a threat to shut down the government this week unless implementation of President Barack Obama's landmark 2010 healthcare law was delayed for a year.

Democrats backed the bill but complained that it ignores the value of other federal workers who would be laid off in case of a government shutdown.

The House passed the military pay bill unanimously.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Paul Simao)