SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) – If no compromise is reached on Capitol Hill, members of the Coast Guard and 800,000 other federal workers will become the victims of another shutdown.
All four members of Maine’s congressional delegation said Friday that another federal government shutdown is the last thing they want to see.
“Listen. I think we all here agree that we don’t want to see any more shutdowns. And so we’re going to be doing everything we can to avoid that for starters,” said Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat from Lewiston.
Congress and the president get paid during a government shutdown and Golden has introduced legislation to stop that practice.
“It seems to make sense to me that if there were shutdowns in the future, why would we not go ahead and kind of share in the inconvenience, is really the way I look at it, that federal employees do as well,” he said.
In Maine, hundreds of people in the Coast Guard recently received their back pay, as did air traffic controllers at the Portland International Jetport and TSA workers. But they are already bracing for a second shutdown in two weeks if President Trump and Congress cannot end their impasse over funding for a border wall.