Congressman Joe Cunningham cosponsors bipartisan bill to pay Coast Guard members during shutdown

January 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington – Congressman Joe Cunningham announced he was co-sponsoring the “Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019”, bipartisan legislation that would ensure active and reserve United States Coast Guard members were paid during the duration of the government shutdown, and also provides backpay for furloughed Coast Guard civilian employees, as well as for Coast Guard military members, civilians, and contractors who provided services during the lapse in appropriations . Currently, the Coast Guard is the only branch of the U.S. military not paid for their critical and continuing operations.

On his very first day in office, Congressman Cunningham voted on a bipartisan series of bills to reopen the government. This is now the longest government shutdown in American history.

“The brave men and women who risk their lives to protect our coastlines should never bear the burden of political dysfunction”, said Congressman Joe Cunningham. “On my very first day in Congress, the House passed a series of bills to reopen the government with bipartisan support. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take up this bipartisan legislation, so we can reopen the government and get to work on the many urgent problems we were elected to solve.”