Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored H.R. 367 – the Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019. Currently, the United States Coast Guard is the only branch of the military that is having to go without pay during this government shutdown. Despite this, the USCG continues to provide support to law enforcement, Homeland Security, search and rescue missions, and more. This bill would ensure the USCG receives regular pay during any lapse in appropriations.

“It is entirely unacceptable that any branch of our military is forced to work without pay during this unnecessary government shutdown,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The United States Coast Guard puts their lives on the line for our safety each day, and are honorably continuing to carry out their responsibilities without compensation. I am proud to be an advocate for the USCG, specifically for the active duty Coast Guard officers in my district. Congress needs to get its act together to pay our military and end this shutdown – the longest in history.”

Congresswoman Stefanik has been a consistent vote to keep the government open since her first term in Congress. Yesterday, she cosponsored the Pay Our TSA Act, which would ensure our TSA screeners are also paid during any lapse in appropriations.