U.S. Coast Guard Members Not Guaranteed Paychecks During Shutdown

Headed into the New Year, members of the US Coast Guard may not get their paychecks if the government shut down continues.

Part of the Department of Homeland Security and not the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard is the only military sector not guaranteed pay during the government shutdown.

Monday Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced proposed legislation to fix that.

"They have mortgages to pay, commitment to their children, they have a need for this payment,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal. “Especially the younger members who will feel real hardship if they don't get paid. So we want to make sure the Coast Guard gets paid just like all the other military branches."

While US Coast Guard Academy cadets are on winter break now, it is preparing for cutbacks next semester.

A spokesperson for the Coast Guard Academy in New London tells us that of the more than 260 government funded civilian employees at the school - nearly 160 have been furloughed due to the shutdown.

“The lapse in funding will impact the ability for cadets to receive academic support services, participate in outreach activities and some athletic events,” said the spokesperson.

In downtown New London, Gus's Bar and Restaurant owner Krunal Patel says he relies on business from members of the Coast Guard, and he hopes the situation is resolved soon.

"This whole row is military people,” he said. “They come in at 11 in the morning."

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