Sen­a­tor: Law al­lows Coast Guard per­son­nel to be paid af­ter all

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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.

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