Oregon Senator Leads Push to Pay Coast Guard During Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the partial government shutdown drags into its 21st day, one of Oregon’s senators has joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers pushing to provide pay for members of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the only branch of the military to be working unpaid.

“Coast Guard members are risking their lives to keep Oregon’s coasts safe, yet are stressing over missed payments on mortgages, rents, utilities, child care, and more,” said U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. “This is irresponsible and unacceptable, and we need to make sure our military members feel secure in their daily lives while they’re

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