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Moulton Announces State of the Union Guest

February 4th, 2019

Moulton will bring U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Sarai Childs from Gloucester

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Today Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) announced he will bring U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Sarai Childs as his guest to the State of the Union.

Seaman Childs was one of the 42,000 members of the U.S. Coast Guard who went without pay for more than a month in the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history.

“Sarai and all the men and women serving in the Coast Guard are on the front lines, protecting our nation’s borders,” Moulton said. “The people who serve our nation should never pay the price for the failure of leadership in Washington. But, of course, too often they do.”

Seaman Childs enlisted in the Coast Guard at 33 years-old seeking a larger sense of purpose that her previous career in IT and recruiting for the Financial Services sector didn’t offer.

Seaman Childs, her husband Darren and her two-year-old son Finely were directly affected by the federal government shutdown. To make ends meet, the family pulled Finely out of daycare and relied on donations from a food bank to protect their finances from a major hit.

In a note to Rep. Moulton, Seaman Childs wrote“During the shutdown received news that our son had been accepted into a preschool that would provide him an exceptional educational foundation. We had to put everything on hold. The financial stress missing a paycheck created was compounded by the stress of our child potentially missing an opportunity; in that moment, it felt like I was failing as a parent. My primary job as a mom is to love and care for my son, but also provide him with every possible opportunity to get a great start in life; I joined the Coast guard to provide those things for him.”

During last month’s government shutdown, Admiral Karl Schultz, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, observed that the failure to pay the Coast Guard was the first time in American history that a branch of the Armed Forces went unpaid because of a lapse in appropriations.

If Congress and the president fail to reach an agreement that funds the government by February 15th, the Coast Guard and all of the other agencies affected by the previous shutdown will be closed again.

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