The Coast Guard won’t be get­ting paid dur­ing the shut­down, but it will re­main on pa­trol

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Local & State - BY DAVID GOODHUE dgood­[email protected] David Goodhue: 305-923-9728, @DavidGood­hue

South Florida and the Florida Keys is one of the busiest the­aters of op­er­a­tions for the U.S. Coast Guard.

But, while mem­bers con­tinue to per­form search and res­cue op­er­a­tions and pa­trol for drug and hu­man smug­glers, they will do so with­out pay in­def­i­nitely, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter re­leased Thurs­day.

Rear Ad­mi­ral Matthew W. Si­b­ley, act­ing as­sis­tant com­man­dant for the Coast Guard’s hu­man re­sources depart­ment, stated in an open let­ter to the roughly 42,000 ser­vice men and women in the agency that un­til Congress passes an ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill or a con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion tem­po­rar­ily fund­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, they will work and not be paid.

“On Dec. 22, 2018, the United States Coast Guard par­tially shut down due to a lapse in ap­pro­pri­a­tions. While all Coast Guard mem­bers con­tinue to re­port for duty in ser­vice of our coun­try dur­ing this par­tial shut­down, they do so with­out pay un­til an ap­pro­pri­a­tion is passed by Congress,” Si­b­ley wrote.

Ac­cord­ing to a fact sheet sent to Coast Guard mem­bers Thurs­day, they will not re­ceive their salary go­ing back to the Dec. 15 through Dec. 21 pay pe­riod.

All other mil­i­tary branches fall un­der the Depart­ment of De­fense and their mem­bers will con­tinue to be paid as Congress and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ar­gue over his pro­posed wall along the Mex­i­can bor­der. But the Coast Guard falls un­der the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, whose fund­ing, along with sev­eral other cabi­net-level agen­cies, ex­pired right be­fore Christ­mas.

“The Coast Guard will re­turn to pay sta­tus as soon as pos­si­ble,” Si­b­ley wrote. “In the in­terim, they will con­tinue to ex­e­cute their du­ties and en­sure our home­land re­mains se­cure.”

PA2 SARAH FOSTER-SNELL U.S. COAST GUARD

An HH-60 JAYHAWK he­li­copter sits on a run­way at Coast Guard Air Sta­tion As­to­ria. Air­craft like it will con­tinue to fly dur­ing the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down, but its crew will not be paid.

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