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Coast Guard members’ next paycheck at risk over government shutdown

by David Goodhue 11 Jan 00:23 UTC
The world won't end if Washington can't find a way to pass a funding bill. That's the truth about a government `shutdown`: the government doesn't shut down. © AP

While most U.S. Coast Guard members managed to get their final 2018 paycheck after some maneuvering by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, their first check of the New Year is in doubt in the shadow of the partial government shutdown that is impacting more than a quarter of the federal workforce.

Funding for the service, which has a heavy presence in South Florida and the Keys, expired Dec. 21 with no appropriations bill passed to keep boats afloat, planes and helicopters in the air and men and women on patrol through 2019.

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