According to a new report from The Washington Post, employees of the U.S. Coast Guard are being told to sell some of their possessions to raise cash during the government shutdown.
The suggestions were part of a five-page tip sheet published by the Coast Guard Support Program, an employee-assistance arm of the service often known as CG SUPRT. It is designated to offer Coast Guard members help with mental-health issues or other concerns about their lives, including financial wellness.
“Bankruptcy is a last option,” the document said.
From the Post:
The Coast Guard receives funding from the Department of Homeland Security, and is subjected to the shuttering of parts of the government along with DHS’s other agencies. That stands in contrast to other military services, which are part of the Defense Department and have funding.
The tip sheet, titled “Managing your finances during a furlough,” applies to the Coast Guard’s 8,500-person civilian work force. About 6,400 of them are on indefinite furlough, while 2,100 are working without pay after being identified as essential workers, said Lt. Cmdr. Scott McBride, a service spokesman. They were last paid for the two-week period ending Dec. 22.
The Coast Guard removed the tip sheet from the support program’s website late Wednesday morning.
“The suggestions do not reflect the Coast Guard’s current efforts to support our workforce during this lapse in appropriations,” Lt. Cmdr. Scott McBride, a Coast Guard spokesman, told the Post. “As such, this guidance has been removed.”
Members of the Coast Guard last month received their final paycheck of 2018 despite the shutdown, after the service had announced that paychecks would be delayed.
Twitter was disgusted:
So which government agency is going to tell their employees to look into selling their organs on the black market to make some extra cash?
— Russell C. Lakey (@RussLakey) January 9, 2019
That's just reprehensible. How is Trump's shutdown tantrum making our country safer? How is THIS supposed to allegedly make our country "great again"?
— Mack the Scythe (@Mack_the_Scythe) January 9, 2019
Do these people live in the real world?
— Helena (@thelastpinkcar) January 9, 2019
This is bullshit.
The CG is an arm of the military and should be treated as such. The fact that any of them have to be furloughed already is unacceptable.
— Jenna (@PeskyHeart) January 9, 2019
The USCG will not receive their next paycheck. They are being used by Trump in his political games.
"I am afraid of the current political discourse that may discourage future generations from wanting to serve their country on the basis of being used as political pawns." https://t.co/9tpMbRKEY6
— The Mink (@NVMink) January 9, 2019
This is SHAMEFUL. Open the gov't. Then negotiate on the policy. https://t.co/SSxhca2xv3
— Rabbi Jill Zimmerman (@RabbiJill) January 9, 2019
This is actually happening?!?! Is everyone sure we’re not living in the sequel to the film “Idiocracy?” Make this nightmare stop. PLEASE! https://t.co/m3iNkaGQ8T
— Ken Droz (@KDDRoz) January 9, 2019