WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott announced his co-sponsorship of Senator John Thune’s Pay Our Coast Guard Act to ensure all U.S. military members are being paid during the ongoing government shutdown.
“Our men and women risk their lives every day to protect our freedom and our way of life. Congress has failed to pass a budget and keep government funded; the men and women of our Coast Guard shouldn’t be punished for the dysfunction of Washington. I am proud to support the Pay Our Coast Guard Act, which ensures our military men and women receive their salary while they perform their duties to protect and defend our nation, and I will always do everything I can to make sure they have all the resources they need to keep us safe.”
There are currently 4,879 active duty U.S. Coast Guard members in Florida affected by the shutdown. The U.S. Coast Guard keeps families in Florida safe by patrolling the beaches, shore waters, and maritime territory of the state, conducting search and rescue operations, and intercepting boat shipments of illegal drugs and the victims of human trafficking.