In this week's update, Aniela Szymanski, Chief Policy Officer, has been tirelessly advocating for the ongoing funding of crucial government functions in anticipation of a potential government shutdown. With the fiscal year ending on September 30, the progress (or lack thereof) in Congress concerning spending bills has raised concerns. It appears increasingly likely that Congress will have to either pass a Continuing Resolution, providing temporary funding at the previous year's budget levels, or face a government shutdown due to the current gridlock.
As valued members of our association are well aware, a government shutdown could result in a halt in Coast Guard pay, while Department of Defense pay continues without interruption. The Chief Warrant and Warrant Officers Association (CWOA) has long been a staunch advocate for closing this troubling loophole, yet Congress has not taken action. The "Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act," a bill introduced in this Congressional session and in previous sessions, has unfortunately not been passed into law. Thanks to CWOA's unrelenting advocacy, along with the support of other organizations, The Military Coalition has sent a letter to all members of Congress, urging the immediate passage of this vital legislation.
This week, Aniela met with Senator Tillis' staff to request his sponsorship of legislation in the Senate that would ensure Coast Guard personnel continue to receive their pay during any potential future government shutdown. She remains dedicated to advocating with various offices to advance this crucial legislation. Additionally, Aniela participated in a monthly meeting of The Military Coalition, as well as a committee meeting for The Military Coalition's Personnel Committee, where numerous other military and veteran service organizations collaborated on efforts to prevent the potentially catastrophic consequences of a government shutdown from becoming a reality.
In summary, Aniela Szymanski and CWOA continue to work tirelessly to safeguard the financial stability and well-being of our Coast Guard members, and we remain committed to closing the pay parity loophole. We appreciate your support and will keep you updated on our progress in these critical advocacy efforts.
The views expressed in the articles in this publication are solely those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the organizations for which they work, CWOAUSCG, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, or the U.S. government.