By Will Hurd, U.S. Congressman, 23rd District
Washington, DC â€“ U.S. Representative Will Hurd from the 23rd
Congressional District of Texas has introduced bipartisan legislation that
would solve a problem regarding a reliable pay system for Border Patrol Agents.
Without timely action, agents face pay cuts of $300 to $1000 a pay period due
to the Department of Homeland Securityâ€™s procrastination in fully implementing
a new pay scale and overtime system for border agents established in 2014.
Hurdâ€™s legislation will give DHS a hard start date, saving agents from working
the same hours for far less pay.
“The men and women who serve as Border Patrol Agents are
hard-working and dedicated law enforcement officials,â€ said Hurd, whose
district includes over 800 miles of border between the U.S. and Mexico. “They
often work in harsh conditions, sometimes putting their own lives at risk, in
order to protect our nation and their communities. They and their families
deserve our support and the security of a steady, dependable monthly income.
Itâ€™s outrageous that the lack of action by a bunch of Washington bureaucrats is
putting at risk the paychecks of these courageous agents.â€
Hurd represents portions of four Border Patrol Sectors,
including Big Bend, Del Rio, El Paso and Laredo, manned by more than 6,400
Border Patrol Agents.
National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd
commented, “We want to thank Representative Will Hurd for his leadership on
this important issue. This legislation will provide our Agentâ€™s and their
familiesâ€™ financial stability by fully implementing the BPAPRA of 2014. Every
day our Agents put their lives on the line to protect our communities from drug
cartels, human smugglers, and other individuals intending to do harm. We
appreciate the support of Rep. Hurd and thank him and his staff for their hard
work and commitment to the men and women of the Border Patrol.â€
Hurdâ€™s legislation is slated to be voted on by the House
Committee on Oversight and Government reform this week and similar legislation
is already moving in the Senate.
Washington, DC â€“ U.S. Representative Will Hurd from the 23rd Congressional District of Texas today introduced bipartisan legislation that would solve a problem regarding a reliable pay system for Border Patrol Agents.