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Legislation to Pay Coast Guard Stalls Again on Capitol Hill

In another reminder that the Coast Guard remains handcuffed to a larger, protracted government shutdown, senators on Thursday failed to move key legislation forward that would have ended the stalemate on pay for servicemembers.

In a debate that boiled down to paying all federal workers caught up in the shutdown, an attempt to bring the Coast Guard legislation to a vote on the Senate floor was blocked after an extended back and forth between lawmakers.

“I think our members of the Coast Guard need to be paid during this shutdown,” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said on the upper chamber’s floor. “There’s some good members of Congress but right now the American people are wondering what they’re good for and it seems to me that we ought to be able to reach an agreement.”

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