With Congress in a stalemate over the FY 2015 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson is warning of the impact on maritime security of the continuing deadlock , including likely delay to shipbuilding contract negotiations on the Coast Guard’s eighth National Security Cutter.
It goes on to report other ill effects of delays in funding.
Unfortunately, while there is little reservation about the Coast Guard budget, it is being held hostage in a partisan fight over immigration policy that has nothing to do with the Coast Guard.
So why doesn’t someone in Congress introduce a bill to fund the Coast Guard separately?
SeaPower also has a story on the budget issue…
It sucks for missions and new ships and all, but the real impact is that 40,000+ uniform and civilians are going to end up without pay. That means bills missed, credit scores impacted and lives put on hold or damaged all due to bickering in Washington!
This may be good reminder to those on active duty about having a emergency fund. Pay today is pretty good in comparison to most comparable civilian jobs. There is no reason why a month’s pay could not be kept on hand. I know I did after several congressional shutdowns and the banks would not accept our checks.