As the U.S. federal government’s shutdown enters its second week, the U.S. Coast Guard said late Friday it will be able to provide 42,000 active duty service members a one-time emergency payment on Dec. 31.
On Sunday President Trump, praised the “great work” of the administration to pay members of the Coast Guard during the ongoing partial government shutdown.
“Great work by my Administration over the holidays to save Coast Guard pay during this #SchumerShutdown. No thanks to the Democrats who left town and are not concerned about the safety and security of Americans!” he tweeted.
Great work by my Administration over the holidays to save Coast Guard pay during this #SchumerShutdown. No thanks to the Democrats who left town and are not concerned about the safety and security of Americans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2018
The Coast Guard announced last Friday that its workforce would be paid on Dec. 31 through a deal with the Trump administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“The Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Coast Guard have identified a way to pay our military workforce on Dec. 31, 2018,” reads a post on the Coast Guard’s All Hands blog.
“This one-time action applies to military members that served on active duty in the month of December and those reserve military members that drilled prior to the lapse in appropriation,” it continues.
The Coast Guard is a military service but it is part of the Department of Homeland Security, which is not funded. Approximately 42,000 active duty members are affected by the shutdown, which is in its ninth day, according to ABC News.
President Trump has blamed the Democrats since the government shutdown began more than a week ago. He stayed in the White House over Christmas instead of traveling to Mar-a-Lago.
‘I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security. From what I hear, they are spending so much time on Presidential Harassment that they have little time left for things like stopping crime and our military!’ he tweeted on Saturday, Dec. 29.
By The BL