The family of a crewmember aboard USCGC Polar Star (WAGB 10) embraces as the vessel departs from its homeport in Seattle, Washington, Nov. 26, 2019. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark/U.S. Coast Guard District 13)

Congress Mulls Provision to Secure Coast Guard Pay During Government Shutdowns

As USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10), the nation’s only heavy ice breaker departed Tuesday on its annual months-long mission to lead a supply convoy to the U.S. logistics hub in Antarctica, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) renewed the effort to ensure members of the Coast Guard are paid during government shutdowns.

Last year, the crew of Polar Star went without a paycheck Coast Guard members when other military branches were paid on time during the government shutdown.

The shutdown occurred when Congress and President Donald Trump failed to approve the Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bill for the Coast Guard’s parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and several other mainly domestic agencies. Pay for the other military branches was not affected by the shutdown because Congress passed the Department of Defense spending bill before the fiscal year started.

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