Rick Scott tells Chuck Schumer: Stop playing politics with military pay

Rick Scott
Scott wants Coast Guard to get paid during government shutdown

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is “refusing to negotiate in good faith” to pay members of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Scott, a Naples Republican elected in November and a Navy veteran, said his chamber’s Democrats won’t vote for the Pay Our Coast Guard Act. Scott is one of the measure’s 25 co-sponsors from both major parties.

The bill, filed by South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune, would ensure members of the U.S. Coast Guard get paid during the ongoing partial government shutdown.

It’s now in its 28th day — the longest in American history.

“Not only is Sen. Schumer refusing to negotiate in good faith on taking real steps to secure our border, now he’s blocking bipartisan efforts to make sure the men and women of our Coast Guard get paid,” Scott said in a statement.

“That’s reprehensible,” he added. “The Coast Guard risk their lives every day to protect our coasts in Florida. They shouldn’t suffer because of the dysfunction of Washington.”

Schumer, a New York Democrat, “should immediately allow this bipartisan bill to move forward,” Scott said. A request for comment is pending with Schumer’s office.

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  • Christine

    January 19, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Democrats could care less about the American people. They show us daily how much they could care less because it doesn’t directly affect them and they refuse to even meet to discuss any options at all. If this doesn’t convince voting Democrats to #walkaway from that party then we are surely doomed. Thank you Rick Scott for doing the right things.

    • Rowan

      January 24, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      Oh please. Rick’s posturing because he wants to look like he’s actually doing something for once. The Dems have introduced about 8 bills providing all the money for the security needed for increased border patrol, enhanced technology and money to fix fencing that needs fixing, but just not money for the wall no one actually wants (including the border patrol who have already stated that a wall would be a waste of money and hinders their view of what may be happening on the other side. If the Republicans gave a crap about the people furloughed and without pay They would have demanded that McConnell show up and hold votes last week – but he didn’t and they didn’t because they don’t actually care about the American people. They care about their re-election campaigns and making money.

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