Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
December 9, 2014
113th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 160, No. 149 — Daily Edition
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S. 1691: ``BORDER PATROL AGENT PAY REFORM ACT OF 2014''
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2014)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1761-E1762] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] S. 1691: ``BORDER PATROL AGENT PAY REFORM ACT OF 2014'' ______ HON. CANDICE S. MILLER of michigan in the house of representatives Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Mrs. MILLER of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of S. 1691, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014. This measure would replace the current antiquated overtime system used by the Border Patrol and create a new pay system that results in more hours worked on the border, provides more reliable schedules and paychecks for agents, and saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year. As Chairman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, I have been focused on increasing border security efforts along our long and porous border and supporting the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol who defend our nation against drug and human smugglers and others who would do us harm. This measure supports that effort. The men and women who secure our borders often work alone, in very remote locations on the border. They cannot simply punch a clock at the end of their shift if they are in pursuit of illicit border crossers. Instead they work irregular hours to track and apprehend dangerous criminal aliens. This bill will allow front line supervisors to better manage agents' work schedules, saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill will save taxpayers up to $100 million a year. Last year, the Office of Special Counsel issued a scathing report about the misuse and [[Page E1762]] abuse of the current overtime system by Customs and Border Protection. This legislation will end such abuse in the future, at the same time increasing the number of hours the Border Patrol can secure the border, which is the equivalent of adding an additional 1,500 Border Patrol agents. With additional hours on the border, our nation will be more secure as additional agent hours will help gain control of the border, carry out additional law enforcement missions, and apprehend dangerous criminals. Mr. Speaker, the mission carried out by the men and women of the Border Patrol is extremely dangerous--more than one hundred agents have given their lives protecting our nation. We owe it to them to give them a stable, predicable paycheck that takes into account the irregular nature of the arduous work they do every day on the border. So, I want to commend the leadership of the Chief of the Border Patrol, Michael Fisher, and the Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol, Ronald Viteillo, for their commitment to finding sustainable reforms for agent pay, while also improving the security of our border. I urge my colleagues to support this common sense bill that saves the taxpayers millions of dollars. ____________________