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Shutdown Day 25: The Coast Guard Isn’t Receiving Paychecks

The government shutdown is now on day 25, with little sign that it’s ending soon. And today, members of the U.S. Coast Guard are not receiving the paychecks they would normally have.

Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard, said in a statement today, “I recognize the anxiety and uncertainty this situation places on you and your family, and we are working closely with service organizations on your behalf. To this end, I am encouraged to share that Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) has received a $15 million donation from USAA to support our people in need. In partnership with CGMA, the American Red Cross will assist in the distribution of these funds to our military and civilian workforce requiring assistance.”

The DOD continues to get funded during the shutdown, but the Coast Guard is under DHS, which is not.

Veterans groups held a press conference this afternoon calling for an end to the shutdown:

This morning, meanwhile, President Donald Trump blasted Democrats again and said it’s down to them to end the shutdown and stop the “political games”:

He also asked, “Why is Nancy Pelosi getting paid when people who are working are not?”

Pelosi fired back:

The White House invited lawmakers to a lunch to discuss the shutdown and the border wall, but Democrats apparently rejected the offer.

And by now you’ve no doubt heard about the President treating Clemson players to fast food and pizza during the shutdown. But you may have missed a report about Canadian air traffic controllers, per the New York Times, sending “hundreds of pizzas to their American counterparts”:

Peter Duffey, president of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, said the show of cheesy support began last week when employees at an air traffic control center in Edmonton, Alberta, decided to buy pizzas for their colleagues at an office in Anchorage, Alaska. Soon, dozens of other Canadian traffic control centers joined in…

By Monday, about 400 pizzas had been delivered to air traffic control towers across the United States, from El Paso, Tex., to Ronkonkoma, Long Island, which on Friday received 32 pies from Gino’s Pizzeria of Ronkonkoma, compliments of air traffic controllers in Gander, Newfoundland, and Moncton, New Brunswick.

[featured photo via Zach Gibson / Getty Images]

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