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H.R. 489: SHIELD Act of 2019

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jan 11, 2019.

Strengthening Homeland Security, Intelligence, and Essential Law Enforcement Departments Act of 2019 or the SHIELD Act of 2019

This bill requires, in the event that the U.S. public debt limit is reached, priority payment of the pay and allowances of (1) members of the Armed Forces, including reserves, who perform active service; and (2) critical law enforcement officers employed by federal agencies.

This bill requires the Department of the Treasury, during a period of lapsed appropriations for the Armed Forces or federal agencies employing critical law enforcement officers, to make available necessary amounts to continue such pay and allowances.