Lawmakers want to secure pay for Coast Guard members during government shutdowns

Boston Statehouse

After the federal government shut down earlier this year, state lawmakers wanted to ensure that the men and women who serve our Commonwealth are getting paid for their work. 

Members of the  Labor and Workforce Development Committee heard testimony from their colleagues in the legislature as well as service members. 

In the event of another government shutdown, House Bill 16-50 would make up the suspended federal paychecks for Massachusetts residents serving in the Coast Guard. 

“There needed to be something that had to be done to not let the dysfunction that’s going on in Washington D.C continue to make its way into our government,” Senator O’Connor said. 

The Bill’s sponsors said this legislation would allow service members to focus on work instead of worrying about falling behind on their mortgage payments, credit card bills or student loans. 

More than 2,000 Massachusetts residents currently serve in the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Committee didn’t vote on the bill on Tuesday, but lawmakers said they’re optimistic that it will pass with bipartisan support this session.

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