Presidential candidate Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannYes, condemn Roseanne, but ignoring others is true hypocrisy Bachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate MORE (R-Minn.) and other Republicans on Tuesday introduced legislation that seeks to ensure that the federal government prioritizes payments to members of the Armed Forces in the event the U.S. reaches the debt limit.

The bill, H.R. 2496, was introduced just three weeks before an Aug. 2 deadline set by the Treasury Department, which says it will run out of money to pay U.S. creditors and bills at that time without an increased borrowing limit. Talks on how to raise the debt ceiling remain stalled over the issue of whether or how to raise new government revenues through tax increases.


The bill specifies that salaries and other allowances to active and reserve members of the Armed Forces are a priority if the debt limit is reached, and would require the appropriation of funds needed to make these payments.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is the chief sponsor of the legislation, which also is co-sponsored by Bachmann and Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertTrump: 'Fake news media’ didn’t cover when Obama said '57 states' in 2008 Bipartisan pair offers advice on ‘Climbing the Hill’ Trump allies want Congress to find anonymous op-ed author MORE (R-Texas).