Local Coast Guard members continue to work without pay during shutdown

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – The partial government shutdown is likely to head into the new year, but right now man members of the U.S. Coast Guard are working without pay.

Unless Congress and president Trump can find a solution, the Coast Guard will be the only branch of the military whose members will go unpaid.

The House and Senate returned to work on Thursday for the first time since the start of the shutdown last Saturday. The meeting concluded with no votes and what seems like no resolutions in sight.

 We’re told that since legislation was not passed Friday, active duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard will not receive their paychecks on December 31st.

This is because funding for the Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security rather than the Department of Defense which is still receiving funding.

News 2 spoke with one wife and mother who says that this partial shutdown is causing a lot of uncertainty.

“We’ve been very consistent with trying to make sure we’re financially set, but at the same time, we aren’t sure if the mortgage will be late or daycare will be paid,” said Jennifer Mullen, who was named AFI Coast Guard Spouse of the Year in 2016. “So, were down basics. Groceries, nights and days in, and making sure we can accommodate life for our little ones.”

Prior to the partial shutdown, president Trump released a statement on Twitter saying in part “this will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time.”

The House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene on Monday.

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