The Coast Guard is part of Homeland Security
President Donald Trump asked his top staff members and attorneys this week to find a way to meet the U.S. Coast Guard's $75 million payroll despite the partial government shutdown. Trump is concerned that Coast Guard forces would lose a paycheck, the Washington Examiner reported.
Why is this happening?
The Coast Guard is part of the shutdown that is impacting about 25 percent of the government. That includes the Department of Homeland Security, which the Coast Guard is under. Military personnel under the Department of Defense are not impacted because their funding was previously approved by Congress.
Trump reportedly noticed media reports about how the shutdown is causing hardships for Coast Guardsmen. Members of the president's team said his is adamant about finding a way to “fix this," according to the report.
The Office of Management and Budget, DHS, and Coast Guard officials have determined that the Coast Guard must be paid through the end of the year. To meet the payroll, attorneys determined that “unused funding" could be used. The agency reportedly has just a little over the $75 million needed to make "this month's last payroll check," according to the Washington Examiner.
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