As the government shutdown over border wall funding stretches on with no signs of stopping, United States Coast Guard Members are the latest group of federal workers to receive no pay.
According to the Guard’s Commandant, Admiral Karl Schultz, it’s likely the first time any United States Armed Force has worked without pay during a government shutdown.
Today you will not be receiving your regularly scheduled paycheck. To the best of my knowledge, this marks the first time in our Nation’s history that servicemembers in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in appropriations. Read more: https://t.co/5tLzGhK2nt pic.twitter.com/J2o00zWm0k
— Admiral Karl Schultz (@ComdtUSCG) January 15, 2019
Admiral Schultz wrote a letter to concerned Coast Guard members who were feeling the hits from President Donald Trump’s refusal to yield in his support for a $5 billion wall that the public doesn’t want and that is proven not to work.
Though it doesn’t look like Trump has intentions to acquiesce, Admiral Schultz’s letter attempted to reassure the members of the guard.
“The strength of our Service has, and always will be, our people. You have proven time and again the ability to rise above adversity. Stay the course, stand the watch, and serve with pride. You are not, and will not, be forgotten.”
That Trump is allowing our first lines of domestic defense to work without pay for the first time enraged many, and they made sure they were heard.
You guys are Patriots and will still push it to the wall. I just hate there's a CiC that's undeserving of your sacrifice.
— 🇺🇸 (@Freefree0Bobbie) January 15, 2019
This isn't okay, and it needs to stop. No one's paycheck should be affected when the government can't agree on something. Government shutdowns shouldn't be a thing.
— Incog Nito (@countingZs) January 15, 2019
They risk their lives daily to save others and it means nothing to their commander and chief. Pretty damn sad.
— Mike Van (@ClassyShots) January 15, 2019
But @realDonaldTrump SAYS he loves the troops.
— bk (@bkmnus) January 15, 2019
I'm torn here because I get one shot at this. Should I talk about…
"Support our troops"
"The forgotten man no more"
"Well, he has a history of not paying people"
— Jeremy Biziarek (@JeremyBiz) January 15, 2019
But there was one reaction stronger than disdain for Trump.
It was gratitude for Admiral Schultz and the other Coast Guard members who continue to work without pay.
Out of anyone, these are the most important people in our nation and should be given the respect and pay they are due.
— just my mind (@StarkePrescott) January 15, 2019
Tell them all I thank them and to stand fast during this embarrassing time in our American history
— J. Hutts (@sundog41) January 15, 2019
Thank you for guarding our shores and saving the lives of countless mariners. Our lawmakers need to get an adult in the room and get your paychecks back in your accounts. Your dedication is incredible in the middle of this unacceptable situation.
— Tom D'Albora (@DAlboraTom) January 15, 2019
What an absolute shame. You all deserve far better that this. Thank you for your service to this Country 🇺🇸
— Barbara Theissen (@barbaratheissen) January 15, 2019
Nothing but respect for the men and women of the Coast Guard. These folks are always “at war” with those elements that try to kill our Mariners.
— Patrick Barnes (@ORsportsandnews) January 15, 2019
While the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) has donated $15 million to the Coast Guard to go towards families in need of assistance during the shutdown, the only permanent solution is to reopen the government.