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The Coast Guard skips a payday, marking the first time service members have gone without pay during a government shutdown

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Coast guard not getting paid : Thousands of members of the US Coast Guard went without pay on Tuesday, marking the first time in US history that service personnel in a branch of the US Armed Forces have gone without pay due to a funding shortfall.

The United States Coast Guard is the only branch of the United States Armed Forces affected by the partial government shutdown, as it is overseen by the Department of Homeland Security rather than the Department of Defense, as other branches are.

The US Coast Guard’s Adm. Karl Schultz wrote a letter to service members on Tuesday, the 25th day of the partial government shutdown, informing them that their paycheck will be delayed.

“Your usually planned mid-month paycheck will not be sent today.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time in our nation’s history that service members in the United States Armed Forces have gone without pay due to a delay in government appropriations,” Schultz wrote.

“Your senior leadership, including Secretary [Kirstjen] Nielsen, is actively involved, and we will keep you informed of developments.”

President Trump demanded $5.7 billion for border security and financing to build a wall along the southern border, but the Department of Homeland Security has run out of money.

Since December 22, when it initially ran out of money, the government has been partially shut down.

The president has stated that he would not bend on his border and national security funding request, and Democrats have stated that any spending agreement that contains funds for a border wall or barrier will be blocked.

More than 800,000 federal workers and contractors have been furloughed, meaning they are not expected to come to work.

Some have been deemed essential to government operations, meaning they are expected to work without pay, such as members of the Coast Guard; others have been furloughed, meaning they are not expected to come to work.

Until the government reopens, those federal employees are likewise unpaid.

“I understand the stress and concern this situation causes you and your family, and we are working closely with the service organisations on your behalf,” Schultz said, adding that USAA has given the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) $15 million “to support our individuals in need.”

The American Red Cross, according to Schultz, will “assist in the distribution of these money to our military and civilian workers in need.”

Other “committed civilians” are already adjusting to a missing payday, according to Schultz.

Schultz wrote, “We are facing this task together.” “Our employees have always been and will continue to be the strength of our Service. You have repeatedly demonstrated your ability to overcome adversity.”

“Stay the course, keep the watch, and serve with pride,” he added. You have not been forgotten, and you will not be forgotten.”

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