In the event of a debt ceiling showdown, a Republican congressman is drafting legislation to make sure members of the military have their pay guaranteed.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) plans to introduce the bill early next week, staffer Joe Kasper told Human Events.

“Whether they are fighting in Afghanistan or supporting operations elsewhere, service members deserve assurance that they will not be denied a paycheck,” Hunter, a Marine Corps veteran, said in a release.

President Barack Obama threatened Monday during a news conference that if Republicans did not agree to raise the debt ceiling, veterans’ benefits would be delayed and troops might go unpaid.

“These are bills that have already been racked up, and we need to pay them,” Obama said.