This bill would prohibit Bowe Bergdahl or any other member of the Armed Forces who is guilty of desertion from receiving back pay and other allowances. Such funding would be reserved to provide additional compensation to members of the Armed Forces who are killed, wounded, or injured while searching for a missing member of the Armed Forces who turns out to have deserted.
What is House Bill H.R. 4413?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4413
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Steven Pearce (R-NM) introduced this bill to prohibit the military from providing Bowe Bergdahl with back pay and special compensation after pleading guilty to deserting his post in 2009:
“Bowe Bergdahl risked the lives and safety of countless troops by deserting his post in Afghanistan. Despite his actions and being dishonorably discharged, he will not face jail time. This was a mistake. However, the Army’s suggestion that Bergdahl may receive back pay and special compensation accumulated during his desertion would be another massive mistake by the Army. Under no circumstances should a man found guilty of desertion — who endangered military personnel for five years looking for him — be eligible to receive taxpayer dollars. For this reason, I’m proud to introduce this bill to ensure Bergdahl receives no special treatment or pay and ensure this is never even a question in the future.”
This legislation has the support of 10 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.
- Sponsoring Rep. Steven Pearce (R-NM) Press Release
- Connecting Vets
- Las Cruces Sun-News
- Washington Times
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: US Army / Creative Commons)
No Back Pay for Bergdahl Act
To amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prevent the receipt of unpaid pay and allowances by Bowe Bergdahl and other members of the Armed Forces who are guilty of desertion and to reserve such unpaid pay and allowances to provide additional compensation to members of the Armed Forces who are killed, wounded, or injured while searching for a missing member of the Armed Forces who turns out to have deserted.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Armed ServicesMilitary PersonnelIntroducedNovember 15th, 2017
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