Trump Personally Stepped in to Make Sure Coast Guard Gets Paid During Shutdown
Democrats are still standing firm that they would rather watch the government reach a full shutdown than supporting a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Even though, reports are coming in of a new caravan, larger than the last, forming from Honduras.
Concerns have been growing that the Coast Gaurd will lose a paycheck amid this partial government shut down. Trump, determined to keep things running as smoothly as possible for the American people, personally stepped in. The President ordered his administration to find a way to make this week’s $75 million payroll, according to officials.
Trump stepped in on Wednesday, calling on top lawyers and staffers to determine if the Coast Guard could make payroll despite being included in the shutdown that has impacted about 25 percent of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security, which houses the Coast Guard, The Washington Examiner reports.
Military personnel under the Department of Defense are not included in the shutdown, because their appropriations were approved earlier in Congress.
Officials said that Trump was keen to find a “way we can fix this” as news media stories about the Coast Guardsmen’s plight started to pile up.
At his urging, the Office of Management and Budget, DHS and the Coast Guard determined that the rules governing pay to Coast Guard forces requires it be made through the end of the year. To make it, the lawyers said that unused funding could be tapped for pay. The service had a bit more than the needed $75 million left over from its past continuing resolution appropriation, enough to make this month’s last payroll check.
“The president is trying to make the shutdown as painless as possible for workers, and this case proved it,” said an official.
Trump’s administration also worked out a way to speed up the check writing process in other areas. They were able to get checks out to federal employees who were on furlough before the partial government shutdown.
Meanwhile, the only thing Democrats seem to be doing at this time is pushing for a total shutdown.
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