One more thing: Why isn't the Coast Guard under the DOD?
They are a branch of the armed forces aren't they?
You're correct, the Coast Guard is a branch of the armed forces and, wikipedia's overview mentions the law enforcement and regulatory authorities and missions that set us (I'm in the CG) apart from DoD:
"The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country's seven uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters) and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. It operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Navy by the U.S. President at any time, or by the U.S. Congress during times of war. This has happened twice: in 1917, during World War I, and in 1941, during World War II."
Wikipedia - USCG
We work and deploy with DoD routinely domestically and internationally and maintain a substantial footprint in Bahrain, including six patrol boats, that support ongoing operations throughout the CENTCOM area of responsibility. Our members "over there" as well as out on ships, patrol boats, aircraft and stations here in the U.S. are in the mix of government employees caught-up in the required to work without getting paid for the past three weeks (last paid 31 December). While it's awkward that our people are working alongside their DoD counterparts while not being paid and are unsure when the next paycheck or eventual backpay will come, there are ~23 other agencies in DHS feeling the same crunch we are: TSA, CBP, Secret Service, ICE, FEMA and many others. It's not just about the Coast Guard and some of what's in the news seems to lock onto the military working without pay narrative.
The impact of this also goes to our retirees and widows/widowers who receive survivor benefits...if this continues to 31 January, they will not receive their pay as well because it is funded out of the CG budget. Other agency impacts like potential airline delays and other issues will start gaining more visibility as the pain becomes more obvious and more of the public is inconvenienced.
When this finally gets solved, getting everything back on track will take some time...operations, maintenance, etc are all being disrupted to varying degrees and there are latent effects that may not appear for awhile.