The Senate adopted a bill to pay members of the military during the government shut down.
The unanimous voice vote Monday sends the legislation to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.
The development came with just hours before a shutdown deadline at midnight. During a shutdown, essential federal employees are expected to report for duty but face delays in receiving their pay.
Shortly after the shutdown began at midnight, the White House released a video message from President Obama to American troops:
SHORTLY AFTER THE SHUTDOWN THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASED A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA TO TROOPS -- PROMISING AMERICAN FORCES THEY WOULD STILL BE PAID.
"If you're serving in harm's way, we're going to make sure you have what you need to succeed in your missions. Congress has passed, and I am signing into law, legislation to make sure you get your paychecks on time. And we'll continue working to address any impact this shutdown has on you and your families," said President Obama.
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