With the Government shutdown temporarily put on hold for three weeks, it should not be lost that the US Coast Guard could have been paid during these last few weeks.
During a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Ted Cruz spoke out against Democrats who refused to pass a bill to pay members of the Coast Guard.
Senator John Kennedy recently introduced a bill that would pay the Coast Guard, but it was blocked by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Cruz spoke out against the bill being blocked and reminded lawmakers the Coast Guard is working to protect the country.
“We should pay our Coast Guard,” said Cruz. “It is not right that we aren’t paying the Coast Guard. Right now every other military branch is being paid … but the Coast Guard is not being paid even as they’re risking their lives.”
He also pointed out that the bill had nothing to do with the shutdown and should have easily gotten bipartisan support.
“He brought forward a bill to pay the Coast Guard. It did nothing else. It didn’t address any aspect of the shutdown, didn’t address any aspect of the wall, it simply said let’s pay the men and women of the Coast Guard yes or no. That means you can be a yes on that, whether you think we need to secure the border and have a steel barrier or support open borders, it doesn’t say anything either way.”