Senator: Law allows Coast Guard personnel to be paid after all
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says 42,000 Coast Guard members nationwide will be be paid for work performed before the government shutdown.
A Coast Guard spokesman said operations are being scaled back during the shutdown to focus on search and rescue.
Active-duty Coast Guard personnel are considered essential and remain on duty while most civilian workers are furloughed.
Collins said the Coast Guard is funded through a different mechanism that, unlike the rest of the military, lacks full-year 2019 appropriations.