Coast Guard families told to have garage sales during shutdown to raise cash
The government shutdown is showing no signs of slowing down.
Employees of the U.S. Coast Guard, all of which who aren't receiving pay right now, are being told that if they need immediate funds for daily living expenses that they will need to hold garage sales, start babysitting, dog-walking, or become mystery shoppers in order to tide them and their families over.
They received the outrageous suggestions through the official Coast Guard Support Program, an employee-assistance arm of the service often known as CG SUPRT.
And, get this: the document sent to them also said that “Bankruptcy is a last option.”
The Coast Guard isn't funded through the Department of Defense and instead relies on their funding from the Department of Homeland Security, which is why the other branches of the military are still receiving pay.
The document being referred to is called "Managing your finances during a furlough" and there are currently about 41,000 active-duty Guardsmen working without pay. They haven't received a paycheck since December 22nd, just before Christmas.
When the Washington Post inquired about the tip sheet directly with the Coast Guard, they immediately removed it off their support program's website. They must not have been too proud of it.
Service spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Scott McBride released a statement saying the work suggestions didn't “reflect the Coast Guard’s current efforts to support our workforce during this lapse in appropriations, and as such, this guidance has been removed."
Currently, there are about 420,000 government employees working under the promise that they will get paid eventually, even if that means for months. Another 350,000 are at home and won't get the promise of back pay.
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is calling for Trump to not only re-open the government, but he wants him to start paying the Coast Guard in the mean time.
"The Coast Guard interdicts drugs coming in from overseas, they are an important law enforcement body that helps us and the very challenge the president was talking about last night. But, the president has shuttered the Coast Guard."