Happy New Years to all! The new year begins but the shutdown continues, so the Navy League launched a new campaign at the start of the 116th Congress Thursday, January 3, to attack the partial government shutdown from multiple vectors. The shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has led to 42,000 Coast Guard service members, and 340 employees of the Maritime Administration (MARAD), working without pay. Additionally, thousands of civilian Coast Guard employees, and 419 MARAD staff have been sent home without pay, or furloughed. According to a Pentagon survey 31% of Active Duty Coast Guard members do not have enough emergency savings to cover one month’s worth of expenses.
The Navy League campaign consists of a letter from national leadership to Congressional leadership asking them to “quickly reach a compromise to end the government shutdown and restore pay retroactively to our Coast Guard service men and women and employees of the Maritime Administration.” Copies of the letter were also sent directly to 488 congressional staffers.
Additionally, we launched a Voice to Congress campaign yesterday afternoon asking Congress to Pay our Sea Services and End the Government Shutdown that has so far resulted in 113 people taking action to reach 144 members of congress. Thankfully Senator John Thune (R-SD) has introduced Pay Our Coast Guard (S.21) and Rep. DeFazio (D-OR) is introducing a House companion bill that would ensure service members are paid during the shutdown, the next paycheck would be January 15 and many are struggling to pay bills. Our campaign asks Congress to pass this bill without delay.
TELL CONGRESS: Don’t make the Coast Guard and MURAD work without pay! Act Now by clicking on the Voice to Congress link above to contact your Member of Congress.
Founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy League of the United States is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and US-flag Merchant Marine. Through national and local programs, the Navy League provides a powerful voice to educate the public and Congress on the importance of our sea services to our nation’s defense, well-being and economic prosperity. The Navy League provides support to our Sea services personnel and their families, as well as to youth programs, such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines, which instill values of patriotism, courage, self-reliance and confidence in young people.
In support of the national Navy League organization, the Denver Council recognizes and honors service members from local commands, sponsors the Lexington and Training Ship Colorado Divisions of the Sea Cadets, promotes patriotism, honors the contributions of America’s veterans, and works to promote the legislative agenda of the national Navy League Organization.