Even though the federal government has shut down, President Obama recorded a message for active military members to go along with a bill he signed earlier tonight ensuring that military members will be paid. "Unfortunately," began his recorded statement, "Congress has not fulfilled its responsibility."
Here's the brunt of his message:
Those of you in uniform will remain on your normal duty status. The threats to our national security have not changed and we need you to be ready for any contingency. Ongoing military operations, like our efforts in Afghanistan, will continue. If you're serving in harm's way, we're gonna make sure you have what you need to succeed in your missions.