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Congressman Courtney Votes to Fund Coast Guard, End Partial Government Shutdown

January 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) voted for the ninth time to immediately fund the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal agencies, and to end the ongoing partial government shutdown. This is the ninth piece of legislation House Democrats have brought forth and that Congressman Courtney has voted in favor of to open the government and end the partial government shutdown for the 800,000 Americans who have either been furloughed or are working without pay. 

“This week I took three more votes to end the partial government shutdown,” said Congressman Courtney. “We’ve voted in the House nine times to get the government re-opened immediately, and yet the Senate have not acted once to end the shutdown. There’s no excuse for the Senate to use procedural maneuvers to avoid their responsibility to restore critical public services for the nation, including the men and women of the Coast Guard who protect our national security, overseas and at home.” 

Since the 116th Congress was sworn in, Congressman Courtney has supported and voted for nine different measures attempting to open the government and fund key agencies nine times:  

  1. Jan. 17 – Congressman Courtney supported legislation which would reopen all federal agencies through February 28 

*The House will reconsider this measure on Wednesday due to a procedural inquiry that occurred after initial passage of the legislation.

  1. Jan. 16 – Congressman Courtney voted to pass legislation to provide aide to communities recovering from hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters, and to re-open the federal government 
  1. Jan. 15 – Congressman Courtney voted to end the shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 1.  
  1. Jan. 11 – Congressman Courtney helped pass legislation to fund the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior.  
  1. Jan. 10 – Congressman Courtney helped pass legislation to fund the Departments of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other key agencies.  
  1. Jan. 10 – Congressman Courtney helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.  
  1. Jan. 9 – Congressman Courtney helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.  
  1. Jan. 3 – Congressman Courtney helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8 – giving the president and Congressional leadership time to negotiate a compromise on border security while reopening our government.  
  1. Jan. 3 – Congressman Courtney helped pass a package of six appropriations bills that have all previously either passed the Senate with unanimous or overwhelming bipartisan support.  

Amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, Congressman Courtney has also supported legislation to provide immediate funding specifically to the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as to help other victims of the shutdown. Congressman Courtney is a cosponsor of the Pay Our Coast Guard Act (H.R.350), a bill that would provide the Coast Guard with immediate Fiscal Year 2019 funding despite the ongoing government shutdown. Congressman Courtney voted in favor of the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act (S.24), a bill that was signed into law by President Trump on January 16th and  ensures that federal workers who have been furloughed or who have worked without pay during the partial government shutdown will be retroactively paid after the shutdown ends, and guarantees that the compensation of “essential” employees who are working throughout the shutdown will be paid as soon as possible, regardless of scheduled federal pay dates. Congressman Courtney is a cosponsor of the Financial Relief for Feds Act (H.R.545), a bill to allow penalty-free distributions from retirement accounts for federal employees and certain federal contractors impacted by the ongoing partial government shutdown. Congressman Courtney is also a cosponsor of the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act (H.R.588), which would protect federal employees from foreclosures, evictions, or loan defaults during the shutdown, and would prohibit landlords and creditors from penalizing federal employees who cannot pay their rent or loans during the shutdown. 

Throughout the partial government shutdown, Congressman Courtney has sought to bring attention to its detrimental economic impact on eastern Connecticut residents and federal employees, as well as on the private sector and the economy at large. On Tuesday, January 8, Congressman Courtney spoke on the House floor, sharing real-life stories from eastern Connecticut residents on how the shutdown has impacted them. Click here to read more and to watch his full remarks from the House Floor. Click here to view his January 10 Facebook update; Click here to view his January 15 Facebook update.